Second High Level Media Workshop on the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)


19—21 December 2012 – The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, represented by Ms. Nashwa Kamel, took part in the second High level Media workshop on the African Peace and Security Architecture in Dakar, Senegal.

The Workshop was Organized by the African Union (AU) Directorate of Information and Communication (DIC), in collaboration with the Peace and Security Department (PSD) in partnership with the European Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) through its office in Dakar and the Francophone Research Network on Peace Operations (ROP)

The workshop sought to:

• Support dialogue between the AU and the media fraternity in popularizing the functioning of the APSA and its various components in conflict prevention, management and resolution;

• Provide reliable information to journalists working on issues of peace and security on the continent and equip them with necessary skills to better deal with issues of high complexity;

• Contribute towards improving the quality of factual media coverage on the work of the AU in the area of peace and security.

• Deepen information on the operation of the African Standby Force;
• Promote the African Standby Force (ASF) and its future goals through the African and international media; and
• Finally, encourage the consolidation of the culture of peace in the media and African societies.

The workshop’s participants included African journalists experienced in both international and African issues related to political, peace and security affairs on the continent, communication officers from the Regional Economic Communities and AU Regional Mechanisms, as well as some AU bodies, such as the Pan African Parliament, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and AUC Departments and partners.

During the first workshop in November 2011, journalists and communication officers received extensive training on the APSA components. The 2012 sessions devoted most of its attention to the state of peace and security in Africa, the concept and progress made by the African Standby Force, the progress made by AMISOM, the Regional Cooperation initiative for the Elimination the Lord’s resistance army, the African–led International Support mission to Mali, the role of the AU on the situation between Sudan and South Sudan, the African Solidarity Initiative and the AU Border Programme.
A continental network of journalists for peace and security (Net Peace) was launched during the first High level Media workshop on APSA in November 2011.

Net Peace is an interface between the AU and the African media and the diaspora regarding the outreach activities of the AU in the maintenance of peace, security and stability on the continent. Its primary objective is to contribute to the entrenchment of a culture of peace in the African media fraternity.
This second High Level Media Workshop on APSA reviewed the challenges and prospects for the Net Peace after one year. It also issued a Final Declaration and recommendations, in which members of Net-Peace reaffirmed their collective commitment to the Addis Ababa Declaration to work for the entrenchment of a culture of peace in Africa and urged all media to contribute thereto; called upon Netpeace to be a strategic partner of Member States of the African Union, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms in the overall effort to ensure positive change on the continent and urged African Union Member States to support NetPeace activities.

The workshop also reviewed the Action Plan adopted in November 2011 and adopted a new one for 2013. The new action plan focused on two major areas:

a. Mechanisms for implementing and monitoring recommendations; and
b. Recruitment of new members of Net Peace.