The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, will be in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from the 20-26 February. Mr Gounden has been invited by The Foundation for Co-existence to be a presenter at their Symposium that will be held from 22-23 February, entitled: “Peace Negotiations in Sri Lanka”.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, has been invited to attend the inaugural dinner for the Progressive Governance Summit which will be hosted on the evening of the 10th of February in Pretoria, South Africa. The dinner is being hosted by South African President Mr Thabo Mbeki.
The Training for Peace Programme Advisor, Mr Cedric de Coning, will deliver a paper on the "Civilian dimensions of Peace Operations – An Overview" on 6 February in Addis Ababa at an AU seminar on the Role of Civilian Components in Peace Support Operations. The seminar will serve as an orientation for AU staff on the civilian roles in peace operations with a view to preparing a series of workshops in 2006 and 2007 aimed at integrating the civilian dimension into the African Standby Force concept.
The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme Advisor and Senior Programme Officer will participate in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Policy Development Workshop. The workshop, co-hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Center (KAIPTC), will be held from 8-10 February 2006 in Accra, Ghana under the auspices of the TfP Programme.
Ms. ‘Kemi Ogunsanya, with the Elections and Conflict Management Programme at ACCORD, attended the Electoral Code of Conduct and Peace Pledge signing Ceremony of Municipal Electoral Officers (MEOs) and political parties contesting the Local Government Elections in the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, is currently in New York where he will address the United Nations (UN) for the third time within six months today.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, traveled to Jordan and Oman from 22-31 January. In Jordan Mr Gounden held meetings with ACCORD Trustee Professor Jairam Reddy, who is the Director of the United Nations University’s International Leadership Institute, and other individuals from the Institute to look at possible future synergies.
ACCORD undertook a five-day field research mission to Mogadishu, Somalia, from 17-25 of January, to consult with a variety of role players in Somalia in response to invitations to contribute to the transition in that country. Meetings were held with members of both the transitional government and civil society based in Mogadishu.
Col (ret) SD Siyaya, Senior Programme Officer with ACCORD’s African Civil-Military Co-ordination (ACMC) Programme, and Lt Col M Tanda from the South African National War College, attended the 54th United Nations Civil-Military Co-operation (UN-CMCoord) course in Kuopio, Finland, from 15-20 January 2006.
The Research Unit at ACCORD will be hosting a Round Table Discussion where Professor T.V. Paul, a distinguished Canadian Scholar, will present preliminary findings from a book he’s currently authoring on the impact of globalization on state security (elaboration below on the theme of the book).
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was in Burundi from 27-30 November, for a series of meetings with government officials and civil society leaders. On the 30th, Mr Gounden officially opened the Lesson’s Learnt Seminar hosted by ACCORD's Burundi office from 30 November to 2 December in Bujumbura.