TfP/ACCORD attends AU Protection of Civilians Consultative Workshop on the Draft Aide-Mémoire for the Consideration of Issues Pertaining to the Protection of Civilians

The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) was requested by the African Union (AU) to attend the Consultative Workshop on the African Union Draft Aide-Mémoire for the Consideration of Issues Pertaining to the Protection of Civilians on 8 July 2013, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Department of Peace and Security and the Department of Political Affairs organised the workshop, with the support of the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) under the auspices of the strategic partnership between the AU Commission (AUC) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, hosted the workshop to review the draft Aide-Mémoire on the Protection of Civilians (PoC).

TfP/ACCORD attends African Union Protection of Civilians Consultative Workshop on the African Union Draft Aide-Mémoire for the Consideration of Issues Pertaining to the Protection of Civilians

The consultative workshop was attended by international partners such as The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Office to African Union (UNOAU), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (UNOHCHR), as well as representatives of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and gathered several divisions and departments of the AUC. The Programme was represented by Ms. Seun Abiola – Peacekeeping Unit Senior Programme Officer.

The objective of the consultative workshop was to review the draft Aide-Mémoire which is a policy document intended to facilitate the efforts of relevant organs of the AU, when seized with matters pertaining to the maintenance of peace and security in Africa, to establish appropriate mechanisms to ensure the protection of civilians affected by violence. It is also a decision-making tool for identifying key PoC concerns, and based on examples of past practice, sets out specific actions which can be taken to respond to these concerns. The workshop concluded by recognizing the need for such a document which addresses the important issue of PoC on the African continent. The workshop recommended that further amendments be undertaken before the endorsement of the document which would be the first of its kind by the leadership of the AUC in August this year.

The engagement is part of the Programme's joint work with the AU PSOD to support the Policy Development Unit (PDU) in PSOD on the PoC project, the goal of which is the advancement of the PoC agenda in the AU, which will result in an enhanced mainstreaming of PoC in the AU's responses to conflict situations. The PoC project aims to contribute to and reinvigorate discussions on PoC in the African context, inform the AU decision-makers, and ensure that PoC decisions and policy documents are more effectively implemented at the operational levels. As part of this project, the Programme will continue to support PDU in the development of the AU PoC Lessons Learned Report, as well as the African Standby Force (ASF) PoC Training Guidelines. The objectives of the PoC project are in line with the Programme's wider contribution to the development of the UN PoC Strategic Framework, the Draft African Union (AU) PoC Guidelines, and the mainstreaming of these guidelines into current AU and UN operations on the continent respectively.

The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme is an initiative funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information please contact Ms. Seun Abiola, Peacekeeping Unit Senior Programme Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Latest Peacekeeping News

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Prev Next

ACCORD/TfP participates in Civilian Rostering Seminar on lessons learned Northern Africa

The African Union (AU) Commission is currently finalising the work conducted with the Regional Economic Committees (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) on the establishment of the AU Civilian Standby Roster. This roster is to serve as the integrated continental platform...

27-10-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in Integrated Gender and Sexual and Gender Based Violence Course for Police Advisors in Peace Missions

The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) have participated in an Integrated Gender and SGBV Course for Police Advisors in Peace Missions. The course seeks to build the foundational knowledge, skills and personal qualities of participants to more effectively...

16-10-2014 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TfP co-ordinate Leadership Capacity Building and Strategy Formulation Workshop on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for AMISOM

Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (SEA) are fundamental violations of humanitarian and protection principles of civilians during armed conflict. While any violations or abuses of power are the responsibility of the individual, the deploying entity also has a responsibility to...

16-10-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate at AUC-OHCHR Joint Consultative Meeting on Cooperation on Human Rights in Peace Operations

The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme at ACCORD has participated in an African Union Commission (AUC) – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) joint consultative meeting on cooperation on human rights in peace operations. The purpose of...

16-10-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in Integrated Mission Planning and Mission Support Training Harmonization and Standardization Workshop

The Training for Peace (TfP) programme at ACCORD participated in the Integrated Mission Planning and Mission Support (IMP & MS) Training Harmonization and Standardization Workshop from 29 September to 03 October 2014 at the SADC RPTC in Harare, Zimbabwe. The...

16-10-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD undertakes research on role of the Civilian Component in AU Peace Support Operations

The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has collaborated with AU Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) in undertaking a study focusing on the roles of the civilian component in the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic...

16-10-2014 in Peacekeeping

Training of Trainers in International Humanitarian Law for Somali National Army Officers

In close partnership with ACCORD, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have organised a Training of Trainers (ToT) Course in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for Somali National Army (SNA) Officers held in Kampala, Uganda, from 19-28 August 2014. The...

11-09-2014 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD trains SADC military, police and civilians in mediation, negotiation and gender in peace support operations

The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in the Exercise AMANI Africa II Pre deployment Courses. This participation contributes to the adequate preparation of the civilians, police and military officers from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region who...

04-09-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD train UNMISS civil affairs officers on conflict analysis and reporting

The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme at ACCORD was requested by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to conduct a training for its International and National Civil Affairs Officers (CAOs) on Conflict Analysis and Reporting. This training aimed...

12-08-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD serve as panelists at peace operations workshop in Malawi

The Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has participated in a 'Policy to Practice: Peace Operations in Africa Workshop' in Lilongwe, Malawi. The workshop focused on linking the expectations of United Nations (UN) chapter seven missions to...

12-08-2014 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD/TFP take part in 20th IAPTC annual conference and host training methodologies bilateral meeting

As a member of IAPTC, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) have participated at this year's IAPTC Annual Conference to further strengthen and broaden the understanding of the African peace operations issues as well as the...

30-07-2014 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD participate in Peace Capacities Network 2014 annual meeting in Istanbul

The Training for Peace (TfP) in Africa Programme and Africa Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) at ACCORD have participated in the 2014 Peace Capacities (PeaceCap) Network's Annual Partners Meeting. As the South Africa's representative in the Network, ACCORD's participation in the...

30-07-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP ACCORD participates in European Union Police Service Training – Exercise LOWLANDS GRENADE

The Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD has participated in the 2014 European Union Police Service Training (EUPST) session which focused on the development of a rapid deployment capability of police elements in crisis management operations, and to train and...

25-07-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participates in Stakeholders Validation Workshop on the ECOWAS Standby Force Civilian Dimension Policy Framework

In fulfilling its objective of providing support to the Africa Standby Force (ASF) and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms in Africa through policy development, the Training for Peace Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) participated in a validation workshop...

10-06-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participate in ECCAS/FOMAC Civilian Component Workshop

The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) was invited to participate and contribute in a workshop organised by the civilian component of Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Standby Force, the Force Multinationale de l'Afrique...

10-06-2014 in Peacekeeping

ACCORD attends TfP AGM and ECOWAS meetings in 2014

The Training for Peace in Africa (TfP) Programme at ACCORD has participated in the TfP Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja. The AGM's purpose is to highlight TfP's main achievements and developments in 2013, and present its work plans for...

01-04-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP/ACCORD participates in fourth AMISOM lessons learnt conference

The Training for Peace Program at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD), was requested by the Peace Support Operations Division (PSOD) of the African Union (AU) in partnership with the British Peace Support Team (East Africa), to attend the Fourth Lessons Learned Conference to...

01-04-2014 in Peacekeeping

TfP ACCORD evaluates its Collaborative Conflict Management Training Package for UNMISS

Following a Training Needs Assessment in 2011, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (TfP/ACCORD) has developed a training package for the Civil Affairs Division (CAD) in the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The training package aims...

12-12-2013 in Peacekeeping