Bujumbura, Burundi, December 9, 2017: The Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) learnt with shock and dismay of the heinous attack on 7 December 2017, against a MONUSCO-FIB Company Operating Base (COB), and FARDC in Beni territory, North Kivu by suspected ADF terrorists which left 15 peacekeepers dead, 53 injured and 3 others missing.

The Secretariat condemns in the strongest terms the tragic attack by this barbaric, terrorist group and the killing of UN Peacekeepers and the FARDC.

The ICGLR Executive Secretary Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, conveys his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to His Excellency, Joseph Kabila Kabange, President of the DRC, and through your Excellency to the government of the DRC, and families of those who lost their loved ones while on duty serving their country.

In the same vein, Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita, the Executive Secretary conveys his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to H.E Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and through your Excellency to the Government of Tanzania, and families of those who lost their loved ones while on a peace keeping mission.

The ICGLR calls upon the DRC Government, MONUSCO and the international community to put more pressure towards the neutralisation the ADF and all other armed groups in Eastern DRC.

The ICGLR reiterates the need to double regional efforts including the full operationalization of the Joint Follow –up Mechanism on the ADF in eliminating the terrorist group, and other negative forces in the DRC and the Great Lakes region.

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Nairobi, 4th December 2017: The Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC), participated in the Election Observers Course, organised by International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), Kenya in partnership with the Government of Denmark, from 20th November to 1st Peter NdebiDecember 2017, in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya. The course comprised of twenty five (25) participants representing various organisations from twelve (12) countries namely: Benin, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, United Kingdom, Uganda and Zambia. LMRC’s was represented during the training by Mr. Peter Ndebi, an ICT Intern under the Department of Research, Training and Documentation.

The training aimed to deepen practical and theoretical expertise on election observation founded on free, fair and credible elections as a key component of good governance in Peace and Security Operations (PSOs) and other fragile societies.

The course enabled participants to understand election and democracy in Africa and the connection with United Nations (UN) peace and security agenda. It also equipped the participants with knowledge and skills for situational assessment for election observation based on the electoral cycle approach.

The target area that participants were especially trained in is election observation in relation to the principles underlying observation, roles and responsibilities, mission and preparation and code of conduct. In addition, participants gained an understanding of the nexus between election observation and conflict prevention based on the electoral cycle approach.

Finally, the election observation course provided a platform for participants to apply the hard and soft skills acquired in mission preparations and the conduct of election observation based on country scenario.

Lusaka, 10th November 2017: The ICGLR Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) hosted a Consultative Meeting with Experts working on Resilience in Zambia at its Headquarters in Lusaka, on 10th November 2017. The goal of the meeting was to discuss the implementation of the Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Hub (EARIH) programme and to identify potential areas of partnership with other organisations working on resilience in Zambia.

CaptureParticipants to the meeting included three Senior Programme Specialists from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and heads or representatives from the Consulting House (TCH)/EARIH, the Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD), the Zambia Centre for Inter Party Dialogue (ZCID), the Zambia Institute of Diplomacy and international Studies (ZIDIS), the Dag Hammarskjöld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies of the Copperbelt University (CBU),  the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Zambia (UNZA) and the ICGLR LMRC Management Team and staff.

The Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Hub (EARIH) is a Consortium funded by the IDRC comprising of three organisations namely the ICGLR LMRC, the Consulting House (TCH) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development-Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (IGAD-CEWARN).

Participants exhanged experiences and lessons learned from their respective interventions in the areas of resilience and conflict prevention. Then, they proposed options for the way forward, including the need to intensify efforts to ensure that research findings go beyond policy uptake; to create synergy between research institutions and the academia with a view to rise the next generation of researchers by supporting research work on resilience; as well as to establish a peer learning platform through which information can be shared. They also recommended strengthening resilience work initiatives in the Great Lakes Region by including other partners and building on the EARIH comparative advantage. 

In addition, IDRC expressed interest to collaborate with the ICGLR LMRC in integrating diverse efforts in the Region on a number of thematic areas including youth unemployment, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and management of extractive industry.

 

Khartoum, 9th November, 2017: Regional Committee against illegal exploitation of natural resources of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is holding its 16th meeting in Khartoum, Sudan from 7th - 10th November, 2017 to assess the implementation of the six tools on the Fight against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the ICGLR Member States.

During the opening session, the guest of honour Hon. Oshiek Mohamed Ahmed Taher, State Minister for Minerals of the Republic of Sudan, underscored the importance of the meeting as a ground to pave ways for realizing the aspired cooperation in the collective Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region. He called for necessary means for a better collaboration among the countries of the region in utilising these resources for the benefit of the people of the region and its preservation for the future generation.

On his part the ICGLR Executive Secretary Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita noted the progress made since the 15th Meeting of the Regional Committee, held from 25th to 27th July 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania and the outcome of the Summit of the ICGLR Heads of

State and Government, held on 19th October 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo which urged Member States to make more concerted efforts to promote and invite more traceability and due diligence service providers for purposes of efficiency and cost reduction.

He said, the Summit directed all auditing firms operating in the minerals supply chain in the Great Lakes Region be accredited by the ICGLR Regional Audit Committee of the Regional Initiative on Natural Resources and adopted the recommendations of Ministers of Mines on the Self-Financing Mechanism of the Regional initiative on Natural Resources (RINR), which is a critical tool in the success of the Fight against Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the Great Lakes Region;

The Mmeeting co-chaired by ICGLR Secretariat and GIZ involving financial and technical partners in the implementation of the Regional Initiative on Natural Resources (RINR) which includes GIZ, BGR, IMPACT, Tetra Tech, African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) preceded the meeting of the Regional Committee to develop a coordinated plan for the implementation of the RINR.

In the course of the meeting members of the Regional Committee will undergo capacity building training on recent trends of good governance in the mining sector, including the African Mining Vision (AMV).

ICGLR Member States includes the Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

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Bujumbura, 3rd November, 2017: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Regional Committee against illegal exploitation of natural resources will hold its 16th meeting in Khartoum, Sudan on 7th - 10th November, 2017 to assess the implementation of the six tools on the Fight against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources in the ICGLR Member States.

The meeting will be preceded by the meeting of financial and technical partners in the implementation of the Regional Initiative on Natural Resources (RINR) co-chaired by ICGLR Secretariat and GIZ.

Members of the Regional Committee will undergo capacity building training on recent trends of good governance in the mining sector, including the African Mining Vision (AMV).

The Conference Secretariat will provide updates on the status of implementation of the RINR six tools and the proposed way forward for guidance.

The meeting will also be attended by the ICGLR Executive Secretary Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita and the Invited partners in the implementation of the Regional Initiative.

ICGLR Member States includes the Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

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Brazzaville, 19th October, 2017: The Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), meeting in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 19th October, 2017 under the theme “Fast-Tracking Implementation of the Pact to Facilitate Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region” to review the political and security situation in the region at the invitation of H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and outgoing Chairman of the ICGLR Summit;

His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, Incoming Chairperson and host of the 7th Summit welcomed the ICGLR Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Congo, and paid tribute to the Outgoing Chairperson of ICGLR, H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola and the immediate Former President H.E. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, for having provided excellent leadership to the Region during his tenure.

The Summit recalled the decisions of the last Ordinary Summit held in Luanda, Angola, on 14th June, 2016 to review the political and security situation in the Region and took note of the progress made in the implementation of the Pact over the last one year since the last Summit.

The Summit Congratulated His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, on his election as the President of the Republic of Angola and His Excellency Paul Kagame, on his re-election as the President of the Republic of Rwanda.

The Summit reiterated its primary responsibility to finding lasting solutions to peace and security challenges in the region and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its related Protocols;

Having considered the recommendations of the Meetings of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) held on the 15th to 16th October, 2017, Meetings of the Committee of Ministers of Defence on the 11th October, 2017 and the Meeting of Ministers of Mines held on 21th October, 2016 all in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, the Summit decided as follows:

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