ABUJA: THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has called on stakeholders to work for the effective linkage between local, national and regional early warning structures for the purpose of achieving sustainable conflict prevention architecture.
The regional bloc’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, said the Re-positioning of ECOWAS Early Warning System and launch of the implementation process of the National Early Warning and Response Mechanism solicited the contributions of partners and all stakeholders to the realization of the desired objective, which she explained would bring early warning and response capacities to the grassroots level.
She described the political outlook of the region as fragile with Member States grappling with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a demanding election cycle in 2015, the Commissioner said the Commission has consequently, channeled more efforts to the strengthening of its peace and security architecture through a shift in focus from intervention to prevention and enhancing instruments for anticipating and managing conflicts in a predictable, structured and effective manner.
“After 10 years of providing early warning on potential crises, conflicts and human rights violations in the region, the ECOWAS Early Warning System intends to more efficiently anticipate and rapidly respond to regional threats in furtherance to ECOWAS’ Vision 2020, of an ECOWAS of People,” said in her address at the opening of an ongoing two-day experts’ workshop in Abuja.
Suleiman acknowledged the United States Government’s support for the setting up of the ECOWAS Warning and Response Network (ECOWARN), in response to the request for the strengthening of early warning mechanisms of Regional Communities and called for similar support from development partners. The region is battling insecurity challenges posed by the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY