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Call for transformation from ‘Solemn Declaration to Solemn Deliverables’ – ACCORD attends 27th GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative meeting

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To contribute towards the agenda of the AU Summit and influence the decision making process of member states, women's rights and gender equality advocates have for a number of years held meetings prior to each summit. The meetings seek to ensure issues of women's rights and gender equality are prioritised. The recent 26th AU summit held in late January 2016 was no exception.

SACOIR overview presented to DIRCO

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On 19 January 2016 the Executive Director of ACCORD, Mr Vasu Gounden, attended a meeting with H.E. Nkoane Mashabane, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, along with the other members of the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR). The meeting with the Minister was to present an overview of SACOIR's activities since its establishment.

Gender advising for effectiveness of peace support operations

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Understanding the gendered dimension of conflict is essential if peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations are to succeed in the long-term. Gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping environments involves identifying the various impacts of conflict on the lives of women and men and on that basis proposing practical solutions to respond to the specific rights and needs of all. To achieve this grand objective, there is a need for consultative and collaborative approaches among the different mission components and the gender docket in the mission. This will integrate gender in planning and executing the mission mandate.

ACCORD/TfP conducts Mediation, Negotiation and Humanitarian Intervention training for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

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Senior military and police officers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) completed a three-day course on Mediation, Coordination and Humanitarian intervention conducted by ACCORD/TfP held from 2-4 November 2015 in Mogadishu, Somalia. This initiative is part of ACCORD's continued engagement with AMISOM on conflict management and protection of civilians. The senior AMISOM military and police officers were drawn from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs).

ACCORD calls for first ever global conference on peace

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On 21 November 2015, during ACCORD's 2015 Africa Peace Award celebration, I made a call for the United Nations (UN) to convene the first ever UN Global Conference on Peace.

The call was made during the presentation of the Africa Peace Award to the African Union Commission (AUC), in recognition of its central role in contributing to peace and promoting development in Africa. The award was made at a gala dinner by the Chairperson of ACCORD, Madame Graça Machel, and received on behalf of the AUC by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AUC.

ACCORD Publishes Special Edition of African Journal of Conflict Resolution on ‘Social Cohesion in Post-Conflict Societies’

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Social cohesion is a key variable in the recovery of countries from violence and/or conflict. Such countries face the often simultaneous challenges of nation-building, reconciliation, social engineering and achieving justice and reconciliation. In this vein, ACCORD was pleased to publish a special edition of the African Journal of Conflict Resolution (AJCR), focusing on the theme 'Social cohesion in post-conflict societies', and with a foreword by guest editors professors Cheryl Potgieter and Paulus Zulu.

A celebration of the life of Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, Son of Africa

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ACCORD is honoured to have contributed to the publication of a book celebrating the remarkable public life of Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim which includes service as the United Republic of Tanzania's youngest ambassador, to his three terms as Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity and subsequent Chairperson of the African Union Panel of the Wise.

TfP/ACCORD Conducts Research for the Enhancement of the Mission Support Function in AMISOM

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In light of the progress made by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2014, and cognisant of the changing situation in Somalia, a number of activities have been conducted in AMISOM, as directed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations (UN) Secretariat. Among these activities was the request made by the AU Peace and Security Council to undertake, in close coordination with the UN Secretariat, a joint review of AMISOM and especially the implementation of the 2014 Revised AMISOM Concept of Operations (CONOPS), with a view to enhancing the planning and effectiveness of the joint Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM operations.

Regional Specific Technical Visits and Support on the Application of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) Rostering Tool

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In June 2015, the African Union Commission (AUC), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) finalised and subsequently launched the African Standby Capacity (ASC) roster which marked an important milestone in support of AU peace operations. This paved way for the AU, RECs and RMs to populate the roster with the required civilian capacities for Peace Support Operations. Additionally, the AUC offered to support the regions by providing further technical assistance and capacity building to the regional Rostering Focal Points through training, to ensure effective and efficient operations of the roster. The AUC in collaboration with the ACCORD/TfP met with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Civilian Planning Element from 16 – 20 November 2015 in Libreville, Gabon. This was a follow up and coordination meeting, to provide technical assistance through coaching and coordination.

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