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Press Release: WANEP Nigeria’s Position on Peace and Security Threat in Nigeria

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WANEP Nigeria’s Position on Peace and Security Threat in Nigeria

As the world celebrates The International Day of Peace observed each year on 21 September, there is expedient need for Nigeria to reflect on human security issues in the country because of the current threat to lives and livelihoods through the conflagration of violent conflicts and terrorisms across the country. The insecurity has raised a concerted concern about the need to enhance collective participation to peace and security by indigenous State and non State actors.

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Press Release: International Day of Peace -21st September 2011

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International Day of Peace -21st September 2011

Today marks the 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace – a day of peacemaking in which millions of people across the world resolve to put their differences aside to promote peace after war, civil conflicts, social strife, and political upheavals. All over the world, people are urged to commemorate the International Day of Peace through education for peace and by raising public awareness on active non-violence through the strengthening of the ideals of peace both within and among all nations. This call to commitment has been reaffirmed by the current UN Boss as thus "On this International Day, let us promise to make peace not just a priority, but a passion. Let us pledge to do more, wherever we are in whatever way we can, to make every day, a day of peace." (UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, International Day of Peace, 21 September, 2007)

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WAPI 2011 opens at KAIPTC

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THE WEST AFRICA PEACEBUILDING INSTITUTE (WAPI, 2011) OPENS AT THE KOFI ANNAN INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING TRAINING CENTRE

The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute Course (WAPI, 2011) has started at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana.

The Institute is designed to increase regional capacity in Peacebuilding, Human security and Conflict Prevention particularly due to the recent conflicts in West Africa which has accounted for developmental setbacks, human misery, and continued poverty.

The Commandant of the KAIPTC, AVM Dovlo in his welcome statement reiterated the core mandate of KAIPTC which is to build regional capacity in Peace Support Operations through research and training. He added that capacity development, promotion of good governance, and protection of human rights must be critical policy priorities for stability in Africa. AVM Dovlo mentioned however that stability in Africa is challenged by inadequate resource capacity and lack of expertise. “It is therefore imperative that we develop strong human and institutional capacities to meet these challenges, as well as sustain advocacy in the peacebuilding process,” he said.

The Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Mr. Emmanuel Bombande, who gave a welcome address, said the government and people of West Africa have been confronted over the years with violent conflicts and its associated consequences. He added that during conflicts, there is a vicious cycle of hatred and distrust at various levels and he was therefore happy that WANEP had over the years collaborated with the KAIPTC and GIZ to undertake the training programme.

The keynote address at the ceremony was delivered by the Minister for Interior, Hon. Benjamin Kumbuor. The Honorable Minister, who also opened WAPI 2011, indicated that peace and security is a developmental issue and should not be used for economic gains. He added that because the foremost cause of violent conflict is the inequitable distribution of resources, attention must be paid to beneficiaries of conflicts and not just the victims. “Exposure of such beneficiaries will go a long way to shame those who profit from these conflicts,” he said.
WAPI is an annual Peacebuilding training institute organized by WANEP and KAIPTC in collaboration with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and held at the KAIPTC with participants not only from the West African sub-region but other parts of the African continent, Europe, and America. The three week intensive training will end on September 23, 2011.

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September 2011: WANEP and CMI launch a joint project on “Addressing gender-based violence in peace processes in West Africa"

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The West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) in partnership with Crises Management Initiative (CMI), headquartered in Finland, launched a project on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Accra, Ghana.

In attendance were Dr. Sintiki Tarfa Ugbe, the Director of Gender, Youth/Sports,Civil Society, Employment and Drug Control of the ECOWAS Commission, a representative from UNMIL in Liberia and the Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Gender, Liberia, the UNDP office in Ghana as well as women representing civil society from Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and Ghana.

Speaking at the launch on Thursday September 15, 2011 in Accra, Mr Emmanuel Bombande, Executive Director of WANEP underscored the important role of women. He noted:
“The role and active participation of women in peacebuilding is always important. The voices of women and girls who are vulnerable groups in conflict environments must be integral to peacebuilding efforts. It is important that women are not just categorized as victims of violent conflicts which only serve to reinforce the stereotypes that undermine their professional role. Those of us in Peacebuilding Practice must act to ensure their full participation in peacebuilding processes and the overall advancement of society. “
Mr. Bombande added:
“It is for these reasons that the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) program of WANEP was conceived in 2002 to enhance the capacity of women in peacebuilding. We are happy that today, not only we have increased the number of women in peacebuilding through the WIPNET program but we have also facilitated women’s expertise in contributing to national and regional structures in peacebuilding processes. Our pioneering role in this area has informed other institutions to establish peace and security programs for women.”

Mrs Tuija Talvitie, Executive Director of CMI noted that women constituted half of the world population, hence the need for them to contribute towards the building of inclusive, resilient and peaceful societies that can manage shocks and conflict.

She observed that CMI recognises the important roles women play as agents’ of social and political change through its active participation in peace processes since the last 10 years.
“Yet, more often, across the globe, we witness how the potential of women is not embraced or even allowed; how the rights of women are abused and how violence against women prevails,” she opined.

The joint project is aimed at increasing the capacity of local and regional mediators in West Africa to address gender-based violence (GBV) more effectively in peace mediation processes. This project is expected to offer technical direction and support to existing structures and processes of peace building and mediation in the sub-region.

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The event as was reported in Ghana's media

-          Business Ghana:

http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&id=152495

-          Africa Focus:

http://www.africafocus.net/?p=140835

-          Ghana business News:

http://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2011/09/16/wanep-to-combat-gender-based-violence-in-west-africa/

-          Ghana Broadcasting Corporation:

http://gbcghana.com/index.php?id=1.358607.1.566315

-          Modern Ghana:

http://www.modernghana.com/news/350940/1/wanep-to-combat-gender-based-violence-in-west-afri.html

The 2011 West Africa Peacebuilding Institute Begins in Accra - Ghana

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The West Africa Peacebuilding Institute (WAPI) was set up to provide specialized, intensive and cultural sensitive training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding to civil society organisations, government and intergovernmental agencies, business community and other stakeholders across West Africa and beyond.

Since its inception a decade ago, WAPI has provided the space and platform for the actualization of WANEP’s vision for the development of capacities at the various levels of African communities for the resolution of conflicts in Africa by Africans. It is also the learning centre at WANEP for the exchange of best practices and research in peacebuilding in West Africa. This year, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center( KAIPTC) in collaboration with German International Cooperation (GIZ) will host over 40 participants from from Sudan, Canada, USA , Ethiopia, , Angola and all the other countries in West Africa from the 5th to 23rd of September 2011. They represent diverse sectors in those countries such as the government, civil society organisations, peace movements, religious organisations, women’s organisations and the youth.

The visibility and credibility of WAPI over the years is testimonial to the increasing numbers of participants it is attracting. In attendance to this year’s WAPI are personalities like Her Excellency Ambassador Josefa L. Correia Sacko of Angola, United Nations Development Program in Sudan as well as representatives of the African Union and ECOWAS. The Peace and Security Department of the African Union in an official letter from its Director, commends WANEP for its peacebuilding initiatives in West African through WAPI and offered AU’s willingness to continue to partner with WANEP in search of Peace and sustainable development in the continent.

The Director’s letter in part reads “Permit me to commend you for the excellent job that WANEP has been doing in harnessing civil society peacebuilding in West Africa as well as your exemplary commitment to complementing efforts of Governments and inter-governmental organisations such as ECOWAS and the AU in the area of peace and security.”