UNDP-EU SUPPORTS NATIONAL AND REGIONAL PEACE COUNCILS WITH OFFICE LOGISTICSNov 23, 2017
Accra, 22nd November 2017 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the European Union (EU) through the Insider Mediators Project have presented office furniture and equipment worth $50,000.00 (GHS 220,000.00) to the National Peace Council.
This support is part of efforts aimed at strengthening the National and Regional Peace Councils to deliver on its twin-mandate of conflict prevention and mediation. The equipment and office furniture procured include; laptops, desktop computers, projectors, office desk and chairs.
“As a development oriented organization, UNDP realizes the inextricable nexus between peace and development and therefore cherishes its relationship with the National Peace Council.” said Mr. Louis Kuukpen, UNDP Assistant Country Director, during the official handing over ceremony. He recognized the numerous achievements of the NPC/RPCs despite the challenging circumstances under which they worked and hoped this support will go a long way in mitigating that. Mr. Kuukpen also lauded the EU for the continued partnership which goes beyond this project.
On his part, Mr. Paolo Salvia, Head of Political Section of the EU Delegation in Ghana recognized the work of the Peace Council, and remarked that those who have questioned the relevance of the NPC have never taken time to analyze what “Ghana will be without the Peace Council”. He commended the NPC for its decentralized nature and the work that is done by the Regional Peace Councils, particularly before, during and after the 2016 general election.
Receiving the items on behalf of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the NPC thanked the UNDP and the EU for their unflinching and continuous support to the Council. He promised the logistics will go a long way in enhancing the work of the National and Regional Peace Councils.
The Insider Mediators Project is a partnership between EU and UNDP spanning 3 years. It is aimed at strengthening the capacity of actors in the Peace Architecture, who possess local knowledge of the conflict in order to bring their experience, knowledge and network to bear in transforming the conflict from violence to peaceful co-existence.
Contact information: Justice Agbezuge, Programme Analyst, UNDP: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0265060628.
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