IGAD strives to address peace and security issues and promote regional integration: Spokesperson

Addis Ababa, February 8, 2022/ENA/ The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) works to address peace and security issues and promote regional integration among member states, the spokesperson said of the Authority, Nuur Mohamud Sheekh.

Speaking to ENA, Spokesperson for IGAD Executive Secretary Nuur Mohamud Sheekh said the Horn of Africa region faces multiple crises including political instability, drought and desertification.

However, IGAD strives to manage crises and promote regional integration among member states.

“As IGAD, we try to raise awareness – we have a climate center called IGAD Climate and Prediction and Application Center which constantly gives early warning to policy makers, governments and humanitarian organizations to intervene in a timely manner on these issues. “

According to Sheekh, regional integration is at the heart of what IGAD does. “So we always bring our member states together to make sure they harmonize their policies – trade policies and free movement of people,” he explained.

IGAD is also working to establish peace and stability in member states, the spokesperson said, adding that the authority is working closely with stakeholders and the governments of South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia to settle disputes within those countries.

“On peace and security issues for South Sudan, we have a special envoy who is ensuring that the peace agreement is implemented by the parties. We also have an IGAD special envoy to Somalia to help or support the government’s efforts to organize free and fair elections. On the situation in Ethiopia, we are working closely with President Kenyatta, who is leading the efforts of IGAD.

The Spokesperson further said that IGAD promotes reconciliation at the community level and provides a space for the peoples of Member States to come together and resolve issues of peace and security.

IGAD does not impose any solution on the governments of the member countries since the authority believes that these countries have the required capacity to propose their own solutions.

It also helps and encourages Member States to harmonize their CVE policies by sharing information and good practices as well as working with stakeholders.

Sheekh said, “We have a Center of Excellence on Countering Violent Extremism and we are helping Member States harmonize their Countering Violent Extremism policies by sharing information and best practices and working with all country stakeholders.

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