Lusaka 7th August, 2018: Today, the ICGLR Executive Secretary, Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita paid a Courtesy Call on Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, MP the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Executive Secretary is in Zambia to open the 13th Meeting of the ICGLR Oversight Audit Committee on the Regional Initiative on Natural Resources. He was accompanied by Dr. Frank Okuthe, the Executive Director of Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre. Present at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary for Administration Dr Ronald Simwinga and the Ag. National Coordinator Mr. Hassan Banda.

The Executive Secretary hailed Zambia’s support to the ICGLR Secretariat including the hosting of the Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre. He confirmed that Zambia’s membership dues were up to-date and that Zambia was among the very few Member States with no outstanding contribution. He further informed the Minister that the Summit in Brazzaville had ordered for the ICGLRassessment of the Secretariat’s role 10years after the signing of the Pact in Nairobi. The situation had since moved from that of interstate conflicts to internal conflicts resulting in instability and refugees fleeing from some Member States thereby posing a threat to peace and security in the region. The assessment is being undertaken by Ernest & Young who will visit Member States to consult on what needs to be done to make the ICGLR Secretariat and its organs more effective in the fulfilment of the mandate.

The Executive Secretary in addition requested Zambia to put peer pressure on Member States that were not up to-date with their contributions and to also participate in the assessment process. He further explained that there was an on-going process to fill vacant positions at the Secretariat that would facilitate the inclusion of Zambia that was not currently represented at a professional level in the Secretariat. On his side, the Executive Director of the Lusaka Centre underscored the role of LMRC as a Think Tank and a Research Centre undertaking research on critical issues within the Region to inform policy, and contributing to the building of the capacity of institutions in the Member States.

The Acting Minister thanked the Executive Secretary for finding time to pay him a courtesy call and commended the Executive Secretary for efforts he had undertaken to promote peace and security in the region. The Minister further thanked the Executive Secretary for the kind words spoken of Zambia and pledged the Government of Zambia’s unwavering commitment and full support to the ICGLR, the Secretariat and the Regional Centre that Zambia hosts. He reiterated that Zambia was ready to host many more meetings as was evidenced by the previous hosting of the Ministers of Youth Affairs and the Ministers of Justice Meetings and currently the ongoing 13th Audit Committee Meeting.

He expressed Zambia’s concern over the deteriorating security situation in conflict torn Member States such as South Sudan and Central African Republic, adding that Zambia was ready to contribute to and support the quest for a lasting solution. The Minister expressed further concern at the political impasse in Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo, emphasizing that it was extremely important to preserve and promote democracy within the region. The Minister reiterated that the ongoing conflicts and Ebola outbreak in Eastern DRC posed a threat to the health of the populations within the region. He also informed the Executive Secretary that Zambia was hosting 41, 000 refugees from neighbouring countries posing a problem of coming up with a solution to the root cause of the refugee problem. He commended the Centre for its research activities and urged the Centre to provide analysis on DRC to pinpoint a predictable outcome of the prevailing situation.

The Executive Secretary thanked the Minister for finding time to receive him and underscored the vital role Zambia plays as it is geo-strategically placed to influence events in the Region on matters of peace and security.

 

Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 21st July, 2018: The Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) comprising of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region ICGLR met in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on 21st July, 2018, under the chairmanship of H.E. Jean Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Congolese Abroad of the Republic of Congo. The meeting was convened to analyze the political and security situation in the region, and organisational matters of the ICGLR.

In his statement at the opening ceremony, H.E. Firmin Ayessa, Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo and Guest of Honor, enumerated challenges facing the region and the work done so far in the implementation of the Pact, and noted that the ICGLR remains an important mechanism for resolving conflicts and consolidating Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. He expressed his gratitude to the Executive Secretary and his team for the dedication and commitment exhibited in the implementation of its mandate, and pledged the sincere commitment of the Republic of Congo to steer the ICGLR in its efforts to sustain regional security and stability.

In his statement, the Chair of the RIMC, H.E. Jean Claude Gakosso, welcomed his colleagues to Brazzaville and wished them a safe stay. He extolled positive developments in the peace process in South Sudan and the prospects for the electoral process in the DRC, and called on the region to build on this progress to ensure ultimate success. He reiterated the Republic of Congo’s continued commitment to the implementation of the Pact and advancing the ICGLR objectives of cementing peace, stability and development in the region. He called upon the RIMC to keep supporting the Conference Secretariat to enable it coordinate the implementation of the Pact.

On his part Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita, the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, expressed his gratitude to H.E. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of the Congo, for his steadfast commitment to the ICGLR Mechanism. He reiterated the commitment of the Secretariat and all of its organs to support the Chair in advancing the objectives of consolidating Peace and Security in the region. He briefed the meeting on ongoing progress in strengthening collaboration with the African Union and the United Nations, and recent discussions with the European Union on improving the framework of their support to ICGLR projects.

The opening session was also addressed by Amb. Said Djinnit, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Great Lakes Region, who highlighted the recent joint efforts with the ICGLR under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework. The Special Representative of the AU to the Great Lakes Region, Mr. Basile Ekouebe, delivered remarks on behalf of the Commissioner for Peace and Security, emphasizing the Importance of working collectively to help the region consolidate stability and deliver peace dividends to the people. He surveyed recent positive developments in South Sudan, Burundi, the electoral process in the DRC, and the breakthrough in relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Having received the report of the National Coordinators, briefings by Member States on political and security situation in their respective Member States, and a comprehensive briefing by the ICGLR Executive Secretary, the Ministers resolved as follows.

  1. Took note and welcomed the decision of the President of the Republic of Burundi not to run for another term, and called on the European Union to lift the sanctions on the Republic of Burundi;
  2. Noted the DRC’s determination to hold elections as scheduled by the electoral calendar, and Affirmed support to the ongoing progress in the electoral process in the country.
  3. Expressed support to the ongoing peace negotiations in the Republic of South and saluted the regional efforts by IGAD Member States, and in particular, H.E. President Omer Al-Bashir of Sudan, who has been mandated by them to bring the Government and the Opposition in the Republic of South Sudan to the ongoing face to face talks in Khartoum. Called on all parties to negotiate in good faith to achieve lasting peace and appealed to all parties to respect the Ceasefire Agreement and expedite the conclusion of the comprehensive accord that will usher sustainable peace to the long-suffering people of South Sudan;
  4. Welcomed the political courage exhibited by H.E President Uhuru Kenyata in meeting and agreeing with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on reconciliatory steps to consolidate stability in the Republic of Kenya, and appreciated the face to face meeting between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and Dr Riek Machar that led to a breakthrough in the peace process in South Sudan;
  5. Called for humanitarian assistance to Member States hosting huge numbers of refugees, and called for addressing the root causes of refugees fleeing their home countries, and commended the Governments of DRC and Uganda for peacefully resolving the incident that happened on Lake Edward;
  6. Called on the ICGLR Troika to undertake diplomatic efforts towards normalising the bilateral relations between Burundi and Rwanda;
  7. Called for the removal of the Republic of Sudan from the US list of State Sponsors of terrorism and the lifting of all American unilateral economic sanctions against the country;
  8. Directed the Executive Secretary to proceed with the restructuring process of the ICGLR with periodic written updates to the RIMC.

The Meeting of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) expressed profound gratitude to H.E. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo and Chair of the ICGLR, and to the government and people of the Republic of Congo for the generous hospitality and excellent facilities accorded to the delegates, which enabled the successful conduct of the meeting.

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo 20th July, 2018: The Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee comprising the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), are to meet in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on 21st July, 2018 to analyze political and security situation in the region and receive a report from the ICGLR National Coordinators on the proposed restructuring of the ICGLR.

Preceding the meeting, the Chiefs of Intelligence and Chiefs of Defence Forces/Staff of the ICGLR Member States held their meetings on 12 -14 July and 17 – 18 July, respectively. The meeting is convened in the quest for finding lasting solutions to peace and security challenges in the region, and in furtherance of the objectives of the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its related Protocols;

The meeting convened by Republic of Congo as Chair of the ICGLR, will be attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs or their representatives from the following ICGLR Member States: Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and Republic of Zambia.

The meeting will also be attended by the ICGLR Executive Secretary as well as ICGLR Secretariat Senior Officers; the Commander of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM); the Coordinator of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre (JIFC); the Director of the Lavy Mwanawasa Centre for Democracy and Good Governance and the Acting Director of the Region Training Facility to eradicate Sexual Gender Based Violence.

 

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LweendoLusaka, 22nd May 2018. The Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) participated in the Child Protection Course at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenya, from 7th to 18th May 2018. The Course was organised by IPSTC with support from the Danish Government. The training course was designed for military officers, police officers, probation officers, corrections officers, humanitarian personnel, government officials, particularly those working with Ministries of Gender, Education, Social Welfare and Justice and civil society representatives.
The Course was attended by twenty participants from seven countries namely, Burundi, Comoros, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan and Zambia. LMRC was represented by Mr. Lweendo Kambela, a Human Rights Fellow attached to the LMRC’s Fora and Observatory Department, under the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) and USAID sponsored Professional Practicum.
The training enhanced participants’ knowledge and understanding of child protection issues, including skills required for prevention, utilisation of holistic framework and response actions aimed at creating a protective environment for children in Peace Support Operations (PSOs).

Lusaka, 28th April 2018: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)’s Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre for Democracy and Good Governance (LMRC) in advancing its mandate of facilitating the activities of the ICGLR Regional Fora participated in the Executive Committee Meeting of the ICGLR Regional Youth Forum held on 26th and 27th April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objectives of the meeting were to amend the Capture 112ICGLR Regional Youth Forum Accord to enable the signing of the Host Country Agreement and plan on the convening of the General Assembly and electing the bureau of the Executive Committee and approving its composition.

The two days meeting reviewed, adopted and signed the revised ICGLR Regional Youth Forum Accord which paved way for the signing of the Host Country Agreement between the Government of Kenya and ICGLR Conference Secretariat in readiness for the launch and operationalisation of the Permanent Secretariat of the Regional Youth Forum. It also appealed to the ICGLR Conference Secretariat to organise a regional meeting of Ministers in charge of Youth Affairs to ensure ownership and sustainability of the ICGLR Youth Forum Secretariat by all the Member States.

The meeting was attended by members of the Executive Committee of the ICGLR Regional Youth Forum representing 11 ICGLR Member States, namely, Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Sudan and Republic of Zambia. It was also attended by Dr. Ludwig Chweya, Director General, Kenya School of Government on behalf of the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs Susan Njau, Director of Youth, Mr Wamunyu Kamau, Deputy National Coordinator of the Republic of Kenya, Mr Raymond Ochieng, Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Council, Amb. Ambeyi Ligabo, ICGLR Programme Director for Democracy and Good Governance and Mr Hamoosa Halubala, ICGLR-LMRC Programme Assistant.

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The Statelessness Focal Points of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Member States with the support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have held their first regional strategic workshop on eradicating statelessness in the region. The workshop which took place in Naivasha, Kenya from 24-27th April 2018, aimed to implementing the common regional framework to end statelessness by reinforcing inclusion within each State and contribute to peace building and sustainable development in the Great Lakes Region.

The workshop was a follow up to the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in October 2017. The Summit adopted the Brazzaville Declaration and 2017 – 2019 Regional Action Plan on the eradication of statelessness, aiming at ending statelessness in the sub-region by ratifying the statelessness international conventions; undertaking legal reform; strengthening civil status systems, and developing National Action Plans, among other commitments.

In line with Commitment No. 9 of the Brazzaville Declaration, the Focal Points have supported and encouraged the African Union to conclude the draft protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the right to nationality and eradication of statelessness in Africa. They have reiterated the importance of upholding the core principals of this instrument that if adopted with its innovative and protective standards will contribute to preventing and eradicating statelessness in Africa.

At the end of the workshop, the Focal Points adopted the terms of reference defining their roles and responsibilities. They agreed on a road-map to 2019, that each Member State should undertake to constitute a Statelessness Task Force by June 2018; prepare a National Action Plan to end statelessness by August 2018, and conclude the ratification process of the Statelessness Conventions by August 2019.

ICGLR Member States include 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 Sudan, Republic of South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

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