The 25th African Union Summit is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 7 to 15 June 2015, with the Heads of State meeting over 14 and 15 June. The Summit Theme is: "Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063".
The African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) hosted a training on Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development in Juba, South Sudan from 29-31 May 2015 for National Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) – one of the key stakeholders in peacebuilding in the country. The main objective of the training was to build the CSOs' understanding of the interaction between their initiatives and the convalescent nature of the South Sudanese grassroots peacebuilding context.
As current Civilian Chair of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) Executive Committee, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has participated in the 2015 IAPTC Executive Committee Meeting that brought together a small group of peacekeeping training practitioners and experts who are tasked with planning the 2015 IAPTC Annual conference.
In collaboration with the Advisory Group of Experts on the Review of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Architecture, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) organised two-day regional Consultations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 11 – 12 May 2015. The Consultations served as a way to receive inputs from key regional players on what is needed for successful peacebuilding in the Horn & East Africa and beyond in terms of regional dynamics of conflict and current challenges.
On Thursday 7 May 2015, the SADC Mediation Reference Group (MRG) held their constitutive meeting at Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, in Gaborone, Botswana. This was the first statutory meeting of the MRG since its members were appointed during the Summit held in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe in August 2014.
Peacebuilding is a dynamic field, and the UN recognised that through the appointment of an Advisory Group of Experts (UN AGE) on UN Peacebuilding Architecture (PBA) in early 2015. To provide input from South Sudanese Civil Society Organisations (CSO's) to the AGE on the UN PBA, ACCORD arranged consultations for national civil society actors in South Sudan from 30th April to 1st May 2015. , The input will go directly into UN policy discussions, as the AGE were nominated by the UN Secretary-General to perform a policy and institutional review of the peace building architecture and subsequently propose recommendations.
The political dialogue in CAR, currently coordinated by the Transitional CAR Government, the International Contact Group (ICG-CAR) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), was composed of a series of international meetings in order to support the dialogue and reconciliation process.
ACCORD continues to work with the African Union in its focus on developing the civilian dimension of current African peace support operations. Through its Training for Peace Programme (TfP/ACCORD), ACCORD supported the recent AU African Standby Force (ASF) Civilian Dimension Workshop in Lusaka, which aimed at taking stock and reflecting on the work and progress of the civilian dimension process since the endorsement by the 3rd Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Defence Safety and Security (STCDSS).
On 04 May 2015, ACCORD and the African Union (AU) convened a high-level seminar, Strengthening Mediation in Africa, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Bringing together over 50 participants from a diverse collection of national governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society organisations, the one-day seminar strived to illuminate and consolidate critical reflections on the current state of mediation practice throughout the continent.
US foreign policy is of great interest to African states, with the US military involved on the continent and US presidential elections on the horizon in 2016. Globally, the current administration of President Barack Obama has utilised both dialogue and unilateral military action as approaches to foreign policy. During an Internal Staff Seminar (ISS) on Thursday 24 April 2015, Daniel Forti, a researcher in the Executive Director's Office at ACCORD, gave a presentation on United States (US) foreign policy under President Barack Obama's Administration.
"Gender sensitive peacekeeping leads to more effective peacekeeping", according to Col. Fernando Izquierdo, who directed a recent course on Gender Perspective in Peace Support Operations, supported by ACCORD's Training for Peace (TfP) programme.
- Establishment of Special Reference Group on Migration and Community Integration in KwaZulu-Natal
- ACCORD hosts roundtable on peace building in Liberia
- ACCORD at second African Think Tank summit
- ACCORD represented at World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit in Africa
- TfP/ACCORD support African Standby Capacity Integrated Human Resource and Database Training Course
- ACCORD discuss MoU with IGAD in support of peace and security in the region
- ACCORD attend 2015 TfP AGM in Olso
- ACCORD publishes policy & practice brief on the eve of Nigeria's highly anticipated election
- ACCORD host launch of Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu biography
- ACCORD Trustee Ambassador Modise recognized at the inaugural Ubuntu Awards
- Peacebuilding in Africa: evolving challenges, responses and new thinking
- TfP/ACCORD participate in expert workshop on impact of peacekeeping training on peace and security in West Africa
- Lesotho elections the topic of discussion at recent ACCORD internal staff seminar
- TfP/ACCORD supports African Regional Consultation Seminar on UN Peace Operations Review
- ACCORD discuss gender normative frameworks and nuanced challenges to gender parity and empowerment in Africa ahead of International Women's Day
- ACCORD hosts senior official from SA Department of International Relations & Cooperation
- ACCORD/TfP co-hosts experts’ roundtable on developing a Conduct and Discipline Framework for the AU PSOs
- ACCORD's Executive Director participates in World Bank forum on fragility, conflict and violence
- Advancing an African peacebuilding agenda
- Report on the Fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference published by ACCORD