ACCORD Executive Director calls for 21st century to be the 'century of peace' at United Nations special event

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Speaking at a side event held during the Special Event of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on the Follow-Up Efforts Made Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 26 September 2013 in New York, Mr Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, called to make the post-2015 development agenda one that transforms the 21st century into a 'century of peace.'

ACCORD hosts annual GPPAC Southern Africa regional steering committee meeting

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Country-specific information and reports shared by participants at the annual meeting of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Southern Africa Regional Steering Committee indicated that the key issues threatening stability and human security across the region include a democratic deficit, pre- and post-electoral tensions and violence, and challenges around disarmament and reintegration of former combatants.

ACCORD supports development of peacebuilding projects in post-conflict countries

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ACCORD's provided support to the development of peacebuilding projects with 18 represented participants from four focus countries- Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and South Sudan- through a 5-day training held in Bujumbura, Burundi from 2-6 September 2013. This was the second training of a three-part training series under the African Peacebuilding Coordination Network's (APCN) aiding participants in the development and utilisation of peacebuilding planning skills which will be used in the development of peacebuilding projects.

Internal seminar examines communal conflicts in South Sudan

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Eight years after the official end of Sudan's civil war and two years into the birth of the Republic of South Sudan, though strides have been made towards institution building, the nation is faced with increasingly violent communal conflicts, says Nhial Gogok, intern in ACCORD's South Sudan Initiative. Gogok gave a presentation during an Internal Staff Seminar on 05 July 2013 at ACCORD House in Durban, prompting lively discussions among staff and enhancing their understanding and analysis of the context, dynamics and nuances of communal conflict in South Sudan.

ACCORD hosts briefing on AMISOM in Pretoria, South Africa

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ACCORD has organised a briefing session entitled "Somalia Briefing: Perspectives from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)" - led by Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of Mission. The briefing session included reflections on AMISOM's work thus far in Somalia, highlighted the areas of priority assistance to the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), and provided insights on the political and security situation in the country.

ACCORD's Jannie Malan presents 'magnificent paper' at Oxford Round Table on Religion

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ACCORD Senior Researcher, Professor Jannie Malan, has had his presentation on religion, conflict and peace extremely well received at the Oxford Round Table Conference on Religion held between 28 July and 1 August 2013 at Brasenose College in the University of Oxford, UK. The presentation, based on Malan's current research focus on the reasons why religious people cause conflict and how they can prevent and resolve the same.

ACCORD trains South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission and Special Parliamentary Committee on Peace and Reconciliation in conflict analysis and mediation

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ACCORD South Sudan Initiative (SSI) conducted the first ever joint training on Conflict Analysis and Mediation (CAM) for the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission (SS PRC) and the Special Parliamentary Committee on Peace and Reconciliation (SS SPCRC). The three-day training effectively contributes to SSI's main objective of contributing to building and enhancing the capacity of government institutions in South Sudan in conflict management, negotiation and mediation. The training provided the ideal platform for dialogue between the two entities that are mandated to advise both the executive and legislative arms of government on peace and reconciliation matters.

ACCORD Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with AMISOM

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) have jointly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) wherein both parties agreed to the cooperation and provision of services that support the mission in the achievement of its mandate.

ACCORD and UN co-host first Peacebuilding Fund Workshop

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From 9-11 July 2013, ACCORD's Peacebuilding Unit flagship program - The African Peacebuilding Coordination Program (APCP) funded by the Government of Finland - hosted 36 international participants in collaboration with the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), at the 2013 Peacebuilding Fund Workshop "Programming for Peacebuilding," in Cape Town, South Africa.