1. Within the framework of the efforts to operationalise the Continental Early Warning System (CEWS), as provided for by article 12 of the Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC), a meeting on early warning and conflict prevention, bringing together governmental experts from AU Member States and representatives of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), namely the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD), the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), was held in Kempton Park, South Africa, from 17 to 19 December 2006. The meeting was also attended by representatives of African research centres and academic institutions, NGOs, as well as international organizations, including the United Nations, as observers. The meeting was a follow up to the decision of the PSC taken at its 57th meeting, held in Addis Ababa on 21 June 2006, which requested the AU Commission to hasten the operationalization of the continental peace and security architecture, including the CEWS.

2. The meeting, which was opened by H.E. Mr. Ronnie Kasrils, Minister for Intelligence Services of the Republic of South Africa, in the presence of the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Ambassador Saïd Djinnit, had the following objectives:

  • to take stock of the progress made so far towards the operationalisation of the CEWS and challenges encountered in this process;
  • to examine international experiences on early warning and their relevance to Africa’s efforts to fully operationalise the CEWS;

to agree on the key steps that should be taken for the full operationalisation of the CEWS, including (i) the collection of data, (ii) strategic analysis of the data collected, through an appropriate indicators module, (iii) early warning reports and engagement with decision makers, and (iv) the coordination and collaboration with the Regional Mechanisms for conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution and other stakeholders on conflict prevention and early warning in Africa; and

  • to adopt a Roadmap that would clearly spell out the steps to be taken towards the operationalisation of the CEWS and the role of each of the stakeholders, as well as the timelines for implementation.

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