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January 2011 - WANEP General Assembly Opening Ceremony

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The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) held its 11th General Assembly on Tuesday, January 2011 at 09:00am in Accra, Ghana. In attendance at the opening ceremony were the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), representative of USAID, the Chief of Party of EWARDS, the Executive Director of IBIS, Executive Director of Abantu for Development, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Armed Conflict (GPPAC) headquartered in the Hague, representatives of Christian Aid, delegates from the 15 National Networks from each Member States of ECOWAS and personnel from the Regional Secretariat. In his opening address, the Executive Director of WANEP, Emmanuel Bombande spoke about the progress of the organization in its institutionalization and professionalization efforts. He recognized the remarkable work of some of the National Network members and accentuated the fact that rarely are these efforts acknowledged in public.

In absentia, His Excellency Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, Commissioner of the Peace and Security Council at the African Union made a speech in recognition of the work and contributions of WANEP not only in West Africa but in Africa and beyond.

In his closing remarks, the chair person of the occasion, Professor Albert Isaac, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of WANEP Regional Secretariat emphasized: “we need to be innovative in our interventions. Conflict dynamics require innovation. Troublemakers are becoming more innovative in their planning and action hence the imperative for us to become more innovative through training and the use of intelligence to solve our sub-regional problems”.

The objectives of the 11th General Assembly are as follows:

  1. To reappraise institutional and governance systems in order to ensure that it sustains itself as a credible WA regional PB organization.
  2. To take stock of WANEP’s activities in the sub-region with a view to drawing lessons learned and inform its strategic plan
  3. To review the peace and security situation in the sub-region and harmonize the strategies to them
  4. To initiate the process of establishing National Early Warning Systems in WA.

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