The Regional Peace and Security for Stability Project for the Great Lakes Region was formally launched on 12 December 2018 at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Bujumbura in the presence of the ICGLR National Coordinator representing the Government of Burundian, the Ambassador / Head of the European Union Delegation to Burundi, Wolfram VETTER, the Executive Secretary of ICGLR, Zachary MUBURI-MUITA, UN Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General in the Great Lakes Region, Said DJINNIT and Germany's Ambassador to Burundi, Michael HAUSLER. The overall goal of this project is to contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability in the Great Lakes region by strengthening the capacity of the IGLR Secretariat in this area.

To this end, the Regional Peace and Security Project will support the ICGLR at the level of its Secretariat and its national and decentralized structures1 in achieving three key results(i) strengthening the ICGLR's capacity for action as a regional political institution; (ii) improving the management of natural mineral resources and reducing the link with conflicts; (iii) strengthening measures to protect and repress violations of human rights in general and violence against women and children in particular.

The project will be implemented over a period of 48 months by GIZ (which has been working with the ICGLR for a long-time) and UN agencies (under the leadership of the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region (OSESG-GLR) through the United Nations Regional Strategic Framework for the Great Lakes, launched by the UN Secretary General in March 2017.

This action falls within the European Union's support for peace, security and regional stabilization measures, which is crucial for the development of the countries of the Great Lakes region through the 11th Regional Indicative Programme for Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean (EA-SA-IO) for the period 2014-2020.

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