NGOs Criticise Govt Over NPRC

Civil society organisations have blasted the Zimbabwean government for its snail pace in the operationalisation of the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC), which they say is critical for lasting peace, stability and economic development of the country.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum director, Lloyd Kuvheya, says civic organisations are worried about the government’s reluctance to operationalise the critical organ two years after the adoption of the new Constitution.

Angola to Participate in Peacekeeping Mission in CAR

Angolan vice-president, Manuel Vicente, announces that Angola is preparing itself to participate in a peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), under the guidance of the United Nations.

During a ceremony organised by the Angolan mission to UN in New York, where Vicente asserts that that the country awaits to contribute to the resolution of the political and military crisis of CAR.

Mozambique Rivals Sign Peace Deal

Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza and rebel Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama signed a peace deal in Maputo ending a two-year conflict.

Guebuza and Dhlakama signed the deal in front of around 100 diplomats and dignitaries, where the two leaders embraced, prompting jubilant cries and clapping from those gathered.

SADC Ensuring Peace and Security

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on defence and security affairs, states that it will continue to work towards ensuring that the region continues to enjoy peace and stability.
SADC director, Tanki Mothae, asserts that processes of regional integration could face challenges in regions that have no peace.
"Without peace, the economic integration becomes a little bit difficult. At the same time, once economic integration has taken place, a very conducive environment of peace and security also becomes,” states Mothae.

South Africa Calls for Peace in Ukraine

Department of International Relations & Cooperation (DIRCO) says that South Africa has called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.

DIRCO spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, states that, "The South African government would like to express its deep concern about the unfolding political situation in Ukraine."

South Africa's foreign policy favoured and promoted peaceful resolution of conflicts and South Africa therefore urged all parties in the stand-off to settle the crisis through dialogue.

Tutu Endorses Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has endorsed three nominations for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
The nominations are for the Aegean Solidarity Movement for welcoming thousands of refugees fleeing war-torn lands;  The Club of Rome, Dr Herman Daly and Pope Francis for the significant contributions to global understanding of sustainable development and The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation which has since 1982 campaigned globally to abolish nuclear weapons.

Mine-Free Mozambique Possible

Citizens of Mozambique barely had a chance to catch their breath following the country’s decade-long battle for independence from Portugal in 1975, before they were thrown into 15 years of civil war.
Peace was formally declared in 1992, but not before an estimated one million people had lost their lives in the fighting, and a further five million had been displaced.

UN Commemorates the International Peace Day

According to Christopher Harress, as conflicts continue to rage in Ukraine, Syria and locations around Asia, Africa and South America, International Peace Day is perhaps a timely reminder of the alternatives that exist to violence.
The 2015 theme is ‘Partnerships for Peace -- Dignity for All’, according to the United Nations [UN] website, which notes the theme highlights the importance of all segments of society to work together and strive for peace.

Global Peace Index Released

South Africa ranks 136 out of 162 countries in this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) and 37 out of 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the index, the economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of South Africa’s levels of violence was estimated to cost the national economy US$66.7 billion in 2014.

Published by the global think tank, Institute for Economics and Peace, the index also finds that escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of global violence containment.

ACCORD: Research Interns

The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is a South African-based civil society institution working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict.


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