IGAD’s Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism convened a meeting of regional conflict experts and officials to craft a new strategic approach to identifying and preventing threats of violent conflict in the IGAD region on 21-22 June 2012. The two-day meeting that was held at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa drew together officials of IGAD Member states, representatives of civil society as well as regional experts on conflict early warning and prevention.
The results of the caucus are set inform national and regional cooperation in utilizing early warning to prevent violent conflict which will be coordinated through the IGAD Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN).
The meeting was anchored on a series of themes including regional mega trends in peace and security; ongoing and emergent drivers of violent conflicts as well as repositioning of the CEWARN Mechanism as a regional centre of excellence.
Deliberations on these and other themes were drawn on charts and mounted on the walls of the venue (visually represented) by a London-based team of experts on institutional transformation.
See press release on the event for further detail.