The CEWARN Committee of Permanent Secretaries meets in Mombasa to acknowledge and appraise early warning and response work in Member States.
The 17 th Meeting of CEWARN Committee of Permanent Secretaries convened on 28 th July, 2023 in Mombasa, Kenya to acknowledge and appraise the mechanism work in IGAD region. The meeting was preceded by the Technical Committee
meeting on Early Warning comprising national conflict early warning and response units (CEWERUs), IGAD Focal Persons of Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as civil society organizations representatives from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia,
South Sudan and Uganda, who discussed and deliberated on early warning and response initiatives in Member States.
The CPS meeting was officiated by Dr. Korir Singoei Principal Secretary, State Department for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, and Dr Fatuma Aden, the IGAD Head of Mission to Kenya representing the IGAD Executive Secretary. Mr Camlus Omogo, CEWARN Director welcomed Permanent Secretaries in his remarks and called for continued support from member states in positioning CEWARN’s National Conflict Early Warning and Response Units more strongly with adequate resources, decision-making capability and convening power to initiate early action. Followed by the IGAD Head of Mission to the Republic of Kenya, Dr Fatuma Aden spoke on behalf of the IGAD Executive Secretary, in her statement, appreciated member states’ commitment to the cause of IGAD and tirelessly supporting its work in addressing the region’s shared human security challenges. During the opening session, Dr Korir Singoei, Principal Secretary, State Department for Foreign Affairs of Kenya, also made remarks commending CEWARN’s focus on local-level conflict early warning and peace building, and the empowerment of local communities to be vanguards of their own security. He also further reiterated Kenya’s continued support for the operations of the mechanism.
During the meeting, CEWARN Unit provided sixty tablets and twenty four laptops to National CEWERUs and field reporters to facilitate their data collection, analysis and reporting by using upgraded tools. Equipments were purchased with the support of the European Union through the IPPSHAR Program.
In conclusion, after fruitful discussions, the Assembly adopted 16 decisions that will guide CEWARN mechanism’s operations for 2023-2024.