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October 2010: Commemorating 10th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 and Validation Workshop for Ghana's Monitoring Report

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COMMEMORATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325
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VALIDATION WORKSHOP FOR GHANA’S MONITORING REPORT

20TH October 2010
Coconut Groove Regency Hotel, Accra

In commemorating the 10th anniversary of the adoption of UNSCR 1325, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) members in 13 countries around the world undertook, as their contribution, to monitor the implementation of the Resolution in their various countries as a call for accountability from the various actors in the implementation process.

WPP-Africa pledged to monitor the implementation process in Ghana in collaboration with one of its network members in Ghana “Mothers for Active Nonviolence” (with the support of the UNDP), as the anniversary presents a critical opportunity to review and reflect on achievements made to date as well as existing gaps in its implementation.

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October 2010: - COMMUNIQUÉ_DE_PRESSE-Election_de_Cote_d'Ivoire

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October 2010: - DECLARATION DE MISE EN PLACE DU COMITE DE VEILLE ET DE LA MEDIATION EN PERIODE ELECTORALE

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DECLARATION DE MISE EN PLACE DU COMITE DE VEILLE ET DE LA MEDIATION EN PERIODE ELECTORALE

Vu l’Accord politique de Ouagadougou signé le 04 Mars 2007, par les principaux acteurs de la classe politique,

Vu le dernier communiqué du CPC de Ouagadougou soulignant la nécessité de l’implication de la société civile dans le processus électoral en cours en Côte d’Ivoire,

Considérant le rôle avant-gardiste d’édification de paix que joue le Réseau Ouest Africain pour l’Edification de la Paix (WANEP) dans l’Espace CEDEAO,

Considérant l’impérieuse nécessité d’organiser des élections pacifiques pour une sortie de crise réussie. .........

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October 2010: - Election Barometer: Developing Community Capacities for Monitoring & Responding to Electoral Violence in West Africa

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Election Barometer: Developing Community Capacities for Monitoring & Responding to Electoral Violence in West Africa

As part of its efforts to address electoral violence in West Africa, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) regional secretariat, its national networks and members across the sub region conducted a series of capacity building project for civil society organisations and other major actors to prevent, mitigate and respond to electoral conflicts. ............

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October 2010: 2010 ECOWAS Strategic Level Seminar on Transnational Organized Crime and Human Security

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2010 ECOWAS Strategic Level Seminar on Transnational Organized Crime and Human Security

From 10th to 15th October 2010, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding participated in an ECOWAS Strategic Level Seminar organized by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Accra Ghana. The seminar brought together 74 participants from 13 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), the United Kingdom and United States as well as other CSOs like Kofi Annan International Training Center and West African Civil Society Forum.

The seminar was anchored on the premise that despite the vast natural and human resources and progress made in the last decade towards the establishment of democratic cultures and governing systems, West African countries continue to occupy the bottom ranks of the UN Human Development Index. In addition, West Africa is affected by a number of illicit commercial activities. Some of these originate in the region, such as those involving oil bunkering and human trafficking. Others are destined for the region, such as toxic waste, firearms, or counterfeit medication. Still others merely transit the region, such as cocaine. In each case these illicit activities feed the growth of local and transnational crime organizations and a culture of fast money that is progressively eroding the foundations of any sustainable and well balanced socio-economic development. This in turn will diminish the credibility of the state as the institution entrusted with guaranteeing security and dispensing justice

The seminar subsequently;

  • Explored the range of illicit activities, assess the specific historical context and socio-economic conditions, and examine the organization and extent of transnational crimes in West Africa, and its implications for ongoing democratization, development, and public health efforts;
  • Explored the links between organized criminal activities and the financing of terror, in view of the vulnerabilities of the region;
  • X-rayed the initiatives led by West African countries, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations, and foreign security assistance partners to build African capacity to combat transnational crimes;
  • Raised senior-level awareness, develop political will and support capacity development in combating transnational crimes within the ECOWAS region; and
  • Proposed means of enhancing national coordination and international collaboration.