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March 2011: -- ECOWAS-WANEP Partnership

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On March 11, 2011 the regional secretariat of WANEP and its national network in Nigeria held a debriefing session with the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate (EWD) at the headquarters of the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. The two institutions had extensive discussions on the peace and security situation in the sub-region with particular emphasis on the ongoing political crisis in Cote d’Ivoire and the contribution of civil society organizations towards an appropriate resolution of the crisis.

The debriefing session was held within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ECOWAS Commission and WANEP in the operationalisation of a sub-regional early warning and response system in West Africa. The historic partnership of ECOWAS-WANEP, which dates back eight years, serves as an important medium for civil society’s interfacing with the intergovernmental body.

"We continue to appreciate the availability of WANEP in this very unique partnership and hope that they will do all within its powers to resuscitate the position of the Liaison Officer which helps to make the relationship even tighter"
Mrs. Florence Iheme – Ag. Director EDW

March 2011 - Press Release [Urgent Call on ECOWAS, AU and UN to Act NOW]

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Accra, 24th March 2011 - The deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Cote d’Ivoire calls for urgent action from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union and the International Community under the leadership of the United Nations to stop the killings of innocent civilians especially women and children and the massive displacements of the population. As the Heads of State of ECOWAS meet in Abuja on 23rd and 24th March 2011, there is an urgent need for collective action and a unified position on the resolution of the Ivorian crisis and the protection of the civilian population. .........

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March 2011 - WANEP brings together Leaders of Communities in Jos Plateau, Nigeria to begin a Reconciliatory Journey

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In the past decade, Jos Plateau in the north central zone of Nigeria has been faced with a vicious cycle of  violent conflicts that have claimed the lives of thousands and destruction of livelihoods estimated at billions of Naira. It has also led to the displacement of significant number of the population most of who have relocated with their families due to the multiple level of reoccurrence and negative impact of the conflict on their socio-political and economic well-being. Since the re-emergence of the conflict in January 2010, an estimated number of over 3,000 lives have been lost with majority being women and children in different secret killings, attacks and counter attacks with a new dimension of bombing introduced on the eve of Christmas of 2010. Despite the multiple local and national ongoing interventions, the conflicts and degree of violence do not seem to be de-escalating, thereby creating a sense of uncertainty and insecurity amongst the citizenry.

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March, 2011: - WANEP condoles with the Government and People of Japan over the catastrophic earthquake and tsunamis

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Following the devastating earthquake that struck northeast Japan, WANEP expresses its profound condolences to the Government and People of Japan over the catastrophic earthquake and the ensuing devastation of the tsunamis leading to the loss of precious lives and destruction of communities.

Mr. Emmanuel Bombande, the Executive Director, in a letter addressed to the Embassy of Japan in Ghana over the tragic effects of the earthquake and tsunamis stated:
‘On behalf of the Board, the Management, members of the Regional Secretariat, members of the networks across the sub-region, the entire WANEP and myself, I extend our deepest sympathies to you and all the people of Japan, to all those affected by the devastating earth quake and tsunami as well as the nuclear reactor explosion that happened in Japan in the past few days. We are together with you in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. We believe that with the efficiency and bold response mechanisms led by your Prime Minister in the ongoing rescue missions and relief efforts, you will overcome the grave consequences of this unprecedented tragedy’.

Meanwhile, on March 3, 2011 WANEP organized and hosted in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan a round table discussion with Dr. Hoshino from Japan who made a presentation on the theme ‘Japan’s Role in Human Security and Peacebuilding in West Africa’. His presentation revealed the importance Japan attaches to human security and peacebuilding and their willingness to accompany local actors to ensure there is local ownership and success in peacebuilding activities.