In continuous fulfillment of its mandate as the implementing partner of ECOWAS Early Warning Mechanism (ECOWARN), the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) recently upgraded and launched its Peace Monitoring Centre in Accra, Ghana.
The Peace Monitoring Centre is the situation monitoring and analysis division of WANEP’s West Africa Early Warning Network (WARN) through which WANEP Regional Secretariat and its 15 national networks support the ECOWAS early warning mechanism as stipulated in the Memorandum of Understanding the two institutions entered into since 2002.
The fragility of peace and stability in the West African region demands vigilance and close monitoring of the state of security. To ensure this close monitoring, WANEP in 2010, launched its National Early Warning Systems (NEWS) across the sub region.
NEWS is created to complement and reinforce the ECOWAS Warning and Response Network (ECOWARN). NEWS strives to respond to critical demands for pertinent information relating to human security and violent conflict especially at local community level.
The Visit of the Acting Director of ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate to WANEP’s PMC
The PMC in collaboration with the National Early Warning Systems will continue to produce;
Policy Briefs, Strategic Conflict and Peace Assessment (SCONPA), Weekly Highlight; Quarterly Report; Press Release; WARN Alert, Conflict Census, Daily Highlight (DHL), Country Risk Profile, Conflict System etc.
In an unofficial visit of the Acting Director for the ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate on 16th, November, 2011 - Ms. Florence Iheme applauded the PMC initiative. The two institutions used the opportunity to brainstorm on ways of strengthening the ECOWARN system as well as the entire peace and security regime in the sub region
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