On 27 June 2016, The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) jointly with the Great Lakes Project Partners (ACCORD, NPI-Africa, GPPAC) and Suiss Cooperation have organised a two – day training course on high level mediation intended for eminent persons from the ICGLR Member States. This training took place in Nairobi, Kenya.
The overall objective of the training was to contribute to a more effective ICGLR mediation by deepening the knowledge and enhancing the skills of the participants. The main focus was on defining key mediation skills, encouraging exchange of experience among practitioners, promoting a common understanding of mediation and deepening knowledge on specific mediation challenges.
More than 30 eminent participants attended the training course, including Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, former and First ICGLR Executive Secretary. In her welcome remarks, Ambassador Josephine Gaita, the ICGLR National Coordinator for Kenya, congratulated participants for being chosen by their countries to be mediators. She recalled that ICGLR will be commemorating its 10th anniversary in October this year and that it will be an opportunity to assess how far the region has gone building peace since the inception of the organisation.
Taking the floor, Ambassador Eliane Mokodopo, Director of Gender, Women and Children programme at the ICGLR secretariat, who gave the opening statement on behalf of the Executive Secretary, expressed high gratitude to ACCORD, NPI-Africa, GPPAC and Suiss Cooperation, for financially and technically supporting the training session.
This training is important for the ICGLR to have more capacity in mediation and capacity on preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution. This is key in order to respond and to solve problems in the region.