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WANEP at UN General Assembly Debate on Human Security
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)
18 June 2014
As part of its contribution to the peaceful and sustainable resolution of the Malian crisis, WANEP on June 18 2014 was invited to make a presentation on the role of the Malian civil society at a panel debate on Human Security at the General Assembly of the United Nations. Since March 2012, Mali has been hit with multi-dimensional crisis from military to socio-economic and political levels which form part of the conflict ravaging the Sahel region and its subsequent multiple negative effects on other countries.With military intervention not having fully and sustainably dealt with the conflict, WANEP believes that military approach alone has not been able and cannot solve in a sustainable manner the Malian problem. Any military intervention has to go hand-in-hand with political dialogue, intra and inter-communal dialogue and the full involvement of the population as drivers of change. It is with this belief that WANEP developed the Human Security Project in collaboration with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) of which WANEP is the West Africa Regional Representative and the Human Security Collective (HSC). The project coordinated by the WANEP Regional Secretariat is a timely civil society intervention in the Mali crisis with a regional perspective as the crisis is a regional one involving other countries in the Sahel region.
Ms. Oulie Keita, the WANEP Regional Representative and Board Member of WANEP Mali  represented the organisation at the debate and re-emphasized WANEP’s support to addressing issues of human security in Mali through gathering data and conducting root-cause analysis through its regional early warning mechanism, which is incorporated into the region’s official multilateral early warning system, implemented in partnership with ECOWAS.
WANEP therefore made the following key recommendations which also form part of its response to the third report of Secretary-General and the post-2015 development frameworkfollowing the General Assembly’s Human Security Resolution in which he stated,
“Since the turn of the new millennium, our demographic, environmental and technological landscape has shifted significantly and threats to our common peace, security and development are more complex and interrelated than ever before. ... At the same time, the common understanding on human security, agreed to by the General Assembly, provides a new way of thinking about the range of challenges we face in the twenty-first century and how we respond to them. By focusing our efforts on advancing the interconnected pillars of peace and security, development and human rights, human security provides the people-centered approach by which to comprehensively address the totality of the challenges we face and to translate our efforts into actions that give rise to more effective and tangible improvements in the daily lives of people.”
1. To the Government of Mali:
-To develop a national human security strategy as a conflict prevention tool, which will complement and reinforce WANEP and its partners’ Human Security project
-To provide national budget for projects on the promotion of human security
-Ensure political will to scale-up the human security approach throughout the country
-To revise the existing NAP on UNSCR 1325 and ensure its adoption by the National Assembly as well as its implementation with strong political will.
-To provide space for women’s groups to play an active role in advocating for the importance of human security in response to Mali’s multiple and complex challenges
2.  To local civil society:
-To educate and sensitize population on human security and its importance as a conflict prevention mechanism
-To advocate for the government’s implementation of the national human security strategy and play their oversight role in the process
-To sustain a viable network of human security with focal points in each of the 8 regions of Mali
3. To the UN
-To incorporate human security as a priority in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
-To use the principle of knowledge management in the implementation of human security approach and ensure its coordination among the UN agencies in Mali 
4. To the international development community:
-To provide financial and technical assistance to local civil society and government in the areas of human security
-To hold the Mali government accountable for its implementation of a national strategy on human security
5. To all Member States at the UN General Assembly:
-To ensure that the new development agenda, post-2015 framework, has human security at its core, so that sustainable development can occur in a manner that puts people first so that their human security and dignity can be secured. This is the only way to achieve real transformative change to the status quo, a transformation that so many states are calling for at this time. This is the only way to achieve peaceful and stable societies upon which real development can grow.
Read the full statement here

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