UN Special Envoy for Great Lakes Region Begins tour to tackle issues revolving region

 01Special UN-Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Africa, Mary Robinson, is touring the region for the first time from 29 April to 5 May 2013.

Mrs. Robinson arrived in Rwanda for the next leg of her regional tour, which will also take her to Uganda, Burundi, South Africa and Ethiopia.

“Robinson’s Africa mission is focused on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, “said the statement said issued by Ban’s spokesperson.

The framework agreement aims at stabilising the situation in the DRC. Signed by 11 countries of the Great Lakes Region of Africa on February 24 in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, aimed at ending decades of conflict and instability in DRC and the wider region.

During her visit in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, Mrs. Robinson met with Government officials, civil society groups, UN humanitarian agencies and the regional commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO) on 30 April 2013.

Leaders of the region “know that this is a moment when things must come together. There is a new opportunity,” she told a news conference before departing DRC for neighbouring Rwanda.

“We need peace, security and economic development in eastern DRC and the region going forward,” added the envoy, who is on a week-long visit to the Great Lakes region.

She will continue to Uganda on 2 May, Burundi 2-3 May and South Africa 4 May, before concluding her mission at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 5 May.

She will also meet with regional and sub-regional organizations and envoys to tackle issues revolving around the Great Lakes, including women’s organizations, and UN and international partners and representatives of NGOs.

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