Forum of Parliaments of the ICGLR set up on 4th December, 2008 with the aim of making a parliamentary contribution to the implementation of the Pact and its General Secretariat is based in Kinshasa, DRC.
Framework for Disaster Preparedness, Protection and Assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons and their Environment
The Dar es Salaam Declaration on Peace, Security, Democracy and Development in the Great Lakes Region provides guidelines for the legal and physical protection and assistance of refugees and displaced populations, and to mitigate displacement. In this regard, the 11 core states have committed themselves to address the root causes of conflict and find lasting solutions to, the protracted problems of displaced and refugee populations, notably with regard to their peaceful co-existence with resident populations, their voluntary repatriation and return or local integration, with the full involvement of the local authorities and host populations, and within the framework of tripartite agreements where applicable; encourage countries of origin to create the conditions conducive to the return of refugees.
The combined effects of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis in Africa clearly stand in the way of social progress, slowing economic growth and development and perpetuating the vicious cycle of poverty. At the same time, wars, instability and insecurity, engendering population displacement, as well as poverty have increased the population‘s vulnerability to these diseases throughout the Great Lakes Region. The vulnerability of adolescent girls, women and young boys increased – in large part due to sexual and gender-based violence.