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UN SG commends the ICGLR ES for undertaking important task of leading the ICGLR

T he UN Secretary General commended the Executive Secretary for undertaking the important task of leading the ICGLR at this moment of immense challenges and great opportunities for the region. This was said during the meeting between the ICGLR Executive Secretary, Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, on 27th September, 2016 with His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, after the conclusion of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York. The Executive Secretary briefed the Secretary General on the developments and the critical role that ICGLR continues to play in consolidating peace and security in the region.

Ambassador Muburi-Muita expressed his gratitude to the Secretary General for his consistent engagement with the region and his leadership on the quest for peaceful and effective resolution of some of the crisis affecting ICGLR Member States. He pledged during his tenure, to continue and enhance that cooperation even further.

The Ambassador recalled in appreciation the confidence bestowed on him by the Secretary General by appointing him as Head of the United Nations Office at the African Union (UNOAU) in 2010, and pledged to exert the same kind of effort in this new assignment as head of the ICGLR Secretariat. He wished the Secretary General well in his future endeavours as he concludes his tenure at the end of the year On his part, the UN Secretary General expressed his confidence that Amb. Muburi-Muita will bring immense experience and dedication to this role. He reiterated the sustained engagement of the United Nations to the region, and to strengthening the capacity of the ICGLR to continue play its essential role even more effectively.

The ICGLR founding history began in 2000 when the United Nations Security Council, as stated in its resolutions 1291 and 1304, called for an International Conference on peace, security, democracy and development in the Great Lakes region. Later that year, the Secretariat of the International Conference was established in Nairobi, Kenya, under the umbrella of the United Nations and the African Union.

In November 2004, the eleven Heads of State and Government of the member countries unanimously adopted the Declaration on Peace, Security and Development in the Great Lakes region in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This Dar-es-Salaam Declaration presented a political statement with the intention to address the root causes of intractable conflicts and constraints to development in a regional and innovative approach. The Heads of State and Government convened once again in Nairobi in 2006 to sign the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region. The Pact included the Dar es Salaam Declaration, Programmes of Action and Protocols.

This marked the end of the preparatory phase and ushered in the implementation period. The ICGLR Executive Secretariat celebrated its inauguration in May 2007 at its headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi. Its responsibility is to coordinate, facilitate, monitor and thereby ensure the implementation of the Pact in order to attain peace, security, political stability and development in the Great Lakes Region.

In order to ensure the rightful implementation of its projects and protocols the ICGLR brings together experts and authorities from its Member Countries to meet on a regular basis. Twice every year, the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) as Executive board of the ICGLR sits to assess the progress that has been made. The Summit of Heads of State which is the supreme organ takes place at least once every two years. In case of emergency the Chair of the Summit may call for an extraordinary Summit of the Troika.

This emergency caucus comprises the Chair of the Summit, his/ her predecessor and his/her successor and thus includes representatives of three member countries. On the national level, each of the Member States has put in place a National Coordination Mechanism (NCM) also including representatives of civil society, women and youth in order to ensure the follow up and implementation of decisions made by the Summit and the RIMC. The ICGLR is composed of twelve member states, namely: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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