About 50 experts and partners will gather in Banjul, The Gambia from Monday, 25th June 2007  at a  regional technical workshop to consider the draft ECOWAS  strategic framework for conflict prevention.

The week-long workshop entitled, “Towards the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework” and which will be attended by representatives of Departments of ECOWAS, partners, research and civil society organizations will, among other things, review the 35-page draft strategic framework document for conflict prevention in the region.

Aimed at facilitating the implementation of ECOWAS protocols on peace and security, the framework is intended as a comprehensive operational conflict prevention and peace building strategy that will enable ECOWAS and its Member States to avail themselves of regional, civil society, private sector and international resources in conflict prevention.

It will also enhance cohesion and synergy among relevant ECOWAS departments on conflict prevention initiatives to maximize outcomes and ensure a more active and operational posture on conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction.

The document will also serve as a reference for developing process-based collaboration with regional and international stakeholders on conflict prevention and peace building.

Participants will deliberate on post-cold war governance and human security challenges in West Africa with panel discussions on identity and citizenship, resource management and conflicts as well as political governance and democracy. They will also reflect on other issues that impact on conflict in the region such as cross-border issues, corruption, the youth and gender equality matters.

The Secretary of State for Integration for The Gambia will formally declare the workshop open on Monday, 25th June 2007 during a ceremony that will also be attended by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Col. Mahamane Toure, ECOWAS ambassadors accredited to The Gambia and the development community.

The workshop is part of the consultative process for the emergence of the framework which will culminate in validation workshops for ministers and experts in Member States before its expected adoption by Heads of State and Government by the end of the year.

Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 (Archive on Tuesday, July 31, 2007)
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