This joint event is being held at the WMO/OMM Building, Sergio Vieira de Mello Auditorium GCSP, 2nd floor, OMM Building, Avenue de la Paix 7bis, Geneva 1211
12h00-12h30 Buffet Lunch
12h30-14h00 Public Event: Is Trouble Back in the Great Lakes?
More than ten years after the Arusha and Pretoria peace agreements, trouble might be back in the Great Lakes. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, after contested results in the 2011 elections, a new rebellion called the M23 has emerged in North Kivu and is now challenging both the UN forces and the Congolese government. In Burundi, after the boycott of the 2010 elections by the opposition, opposition leaders fled the country, and political violence has resumed. The regional dynamics of conflict seems to be back and people in Burundi and the DRC consider that the root causes of the conflict have not been addressed. In this context and while the international community is focusing on other conflicts, trouble is rising in the Great Lakes region.
This will be a public presentation where Mr Vircoulon speaks for 30-40 minutes and followed by a Q&A session.
Opening Dr Caty Clément
Geneva Centre of Security Policy and Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
Speaker Thierry Vircoulon
Central Africa project director for the International Crisis Group since 2010, Thierry Vircoulon served as programme manager for the European Union in the DRC (2003/04 and 2006/2008) and as second counsellor in the French Embassy in South Africa (1999-2003).
14h00-14h15 Coffee Break
14h15-16h30 Closed Door Discussion: Which Donors’ Approach for the Great Lakes?