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Local integration: a viable solution to displacement


Workshop participants meeting in the Kenyan capital


Nairobi, 7 June 2016 - Government delegations from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia, hosts to over 3.4 million displaced persons from the Great Lakes region, met on 6-7 June 2016 to share experiences on initiatives to promote local integration as a solution for displaced persons.
 
In the Great Lakes Region of Africa the number of displaced persons is rising and displacement is often a long-term issue, with some people remaining displaced for close to 20 years. One durable solution to addressing protracted displacement is local integration in communities and countries of asylum.
 
The two-day workshop was co-hosted by the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Bank. Also in attendance were senior representatives from national governments and key partners engaged in finding durable solutions to long-standing displacement in the region.
 
World Bank Country Director Diarietou Gaye noted that the Great Lakes region has some of the most advanced examples of inclusive approaches to displaced persons in the world, while highlighting that the region can serve as an example to many. For UNHCR Regional Coordinator Stefano Severe, workshops like this one are a valuable way to help kick start a process of deepened mutual learning and regional cooperation on solutions for forced displacement.
 
In his opening remarks, United Nations Special Envoy Said Djinnit emphasized the importance of addressing the root causes of displacement and finding durable solutions to this problem. In line with the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region, and the UN Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework, he called on the governments of the region and all partners to take a serious look at finding more regional, innovative and durable solutions to displacement in the Great Lakes region.


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German Ambassador Jutta Frasch pays a courtesy visit to the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region

Nairobi, 3 June 2016 – The German Ambassador to Kenya, Jutta Frasch, met today in Nairobi with the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit. The Special Envoy briefed Amb. Frasch on his mandate, and spoke about recent developments in the region, including the breakthrough regarding the implementation of the Nairobi Declarations signed in December 2012 confirming the dissolution of the ex-M23 Movement and providing for this rebel movement to become a political entity. The Government of the Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now officially agreed to recognize the ex-rebel movement as a political party.
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German Ambassador Jutta Frasch pays a courtesy visit to the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region

Nairobi, 3 June 2016 – The German Ambassador to Kenya, Jutta Frasch, met today in Nairobi with the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit. The Special Envoy briefed Amb. Frasch on his mandate, and spoke about recent developments in the region, including the breakthrough regarding the implementation of the Nairobi Declarations signed in December 2012 confirming the dissolution of the ex-M23 Movement and providing for this rebel movement to become a political entity. The Government of the Republic of the Congo (DRC) has now officially agreed to recognize the ex-rebel movement as a political party.
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The “Guarantors” of the PSC Framework agreement visit eastern DRC, reaffirm their support for the FARDC/MONUSCO joint military operations against negative forces

Beni, 24 May 2016 – Senior officials representing the “Guarantors” of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework comprising of the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), visited Mavivi and Erengeti in Beni territory, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on 24 May 2016. The purpose of the visit was three-fold: to assess the impact of the activities of the negative forces, in particular the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on the local populations in conflict areas; to express solidarity with the concerned populations and the local authorities; and to call for greater cooperation between the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to neutralize ADF.
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Leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region meet in Lusaka, Zambia, to assess progress in the implementation of the peace process for the DRC and the region

Lusaka, 13 May 2016 - The Republic of Zambia, in its capacity as signatory to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) agreement for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region is hosting today the 13th meeting of the Technical Support Committee. The Technical Support Committee is an advisory mechanism comprising senior government officials from the 13 signatory countries of the PSCF, including the DRC, Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
 
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The International Contact Group commits to support international and regional mediation efforts in DRC, Burundi

Stockholm, 4 May 2016
- Special Envoy Said Djinnit participated in a meeting by the International Contact Group (ICG) for the Great Lakes Region in Stockholm, Sweden, on 4 May 2016. The Special Envoy gave an overview of current political developments in the Great Lakes region, followed by briefings on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi, respectively from Maman Sidikou, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the DRC, and Jamal Benomar, Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Conflict Prevention.
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