Saturday, Oct 21, 2017

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun had today met with The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace and Security Division Director Amb. Telolde Gebremeskel and the IGAD Executive Secretary’s Peace and Security advisor Col. Gebregziabher Alemseged on12 October 2017 to discuss the prevailing Peace and Security issues in the IGAD region and the cooperation framework between the two organizations.

The UN Assistant Secretary- General for political Affairs has raised with the Peace and Security Director of IGAD, important peace and Security issues concerning the situation in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and also issues pertaining to Eritrea and the gulf areas. He has also raised his concerns on the coordination between UN, AU and IGAD.

Mr. Taye- Brook Zerihun re-assured Ambassador Tewolde that UN supports the actions of IGAD pertaining to the South Sudan Revitalization process. He stressed that IGAD should make sure of the inclusivity of the process. The two had agreed on the need to strengthen the relationship between UN and IGAD and to revise and refocus the framework for cooperation between the two organizations that was signed two years back.

Ambassador Tewolde on his part had stated that IGAD is trying its level best to make sure there will be wider and inclusive consultations on the upcoming High Level Revitalization Forum for South Sudan. He also stated that IGAD closely follows up on all Peace and Security issues in the region and close cooperation among UN, AU and IGAD is very important to tackle the problems of the region effectively.
 
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The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) held its 2nd High Level Retreat on Mediation focused on Experience-sharing between members of the IGAD Roster of Mediators and members of the Pan-African Network of the Wise (PanWise) in Durban in partnership with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).

The purpose of this High-Level Retreat was to create a platform for experience sharing and learning between members of the IGAD Roster of Mediators, the African Union’s Members of the Panel of the Wise, and members of Pan Wise from the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) such as the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), the International Conference for Great Lakes Region (ICGR) and Southern African Development Community (SADC). The High Level Retreat also provided an opportune time for the Pan-African Network of Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise) to hold a consultative session with women representatives mainly from the IGAD Region, and other regions.

This retreat provided an opportunity for IGAD Roster Members to enhance their understanding of ongoing conflict prevention efforts in other regions of the continent, the complexities of mediating conflicts that arise as a result of specific drivers of conflict that includes constitutional crises, election-related violence, struggle over hegemony to power , and conflict over scarce resources and exploitation of identities. This notwithstanding, the participants noted with appreciation that Africa has robust peace, security, and governance frameworks and infrastructure which require that we double our efforts to implement them so as not to reverse the gains that we continue to make towards building a politically stable and economically prosperous continent.

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Download this file (Outcomes Statement- IGAD HLR 2017.pdf)Outcomes Statement- IGAD HLR 2017.pdf[ ]140 kB2017-09-18 06:10

On Thursday 14th September 2017 IGAD Peace and Security Division signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with ISS to strengthen cooperation and partnership between the division and ISS. Ambassador Tewolde Gebremeskel, IGAD Peace and Security Division Director and the Tonette Grutter, Head of Operations and Human Resource at ISS were the signatories. At the signing ceremony the parties noted that the signed MoU will strengthen and expand the scope of cooperation between ISS and IGAD Peace and Security Division in fulfilling the IGAD peace and security strategic objectives.

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