Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
At UN meeting, 11 African countries from Great Lakes region sign new stability pact

Previous article | Next
UN News Service - December 16, 2006


Culminating a two-day summit meeting at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, African leaders from eleven countries today signed a Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region which Secretary-General Kofi Annan has praised for its potential to consolidate peace in a region that has seen some of the world’s deadliest conflicts.

The chairman of the Second Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, proclaimed that the Pact was transforming the vision of the Great Lakes region as an area of peace and prosperity into concrete protocols and programmes of action for the region.

A Protocol on Non-Aggression and Mutual Defence in the Great Lakes Region establishes the foundations to prevent conflicts. Member States also undertook to criminalize any act of aggression or subversion against other States by individuals or groups operating in their respective States.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju announced that the secretariat for the International Conference would be based in Burundi while Zambia would act as the focal point for democracy and good governance.

The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, announced that he had nominated to the new post of Executive Secretary Liberata Mulamula, an Ambassador who had been his country’s National Coordinator for the International Conference.

Mrs. Mulamula stated that the countries of the region would “prosper or sink together” and that prosperity was the only option for the region.

The Pact envisages the Great Lakes region as a ‘Specific Reconstruction and Development Area’ with a Special Fund for Reconstruction and Development as its main financial instrument.

As a clear demonstration of the commitment to implement the Pact, the countries of the region committed themselves to pay the mandatory contributions to the Conference Secretariat and to make pledges to the Special Fund. The President of Tanzania announced a contribution of $559,350 to the Secretariat and a contribution of $500,000 to the Special Fund. The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, announced an initial contribution to the Special Fund of $1 million.

On behalf of the Group of Friends, the Dutch Minister of Development Cooperation, Agnes van Ardenne, expressed the support of the donor community to the implementation of the Pact and announced a contribution of 5 Million Euros to the Special Fund.

The Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region includes 33 concrete and achievable projects in the fields of peace and security, democracy and good governance, economic development and regional integration, and humanitarian and social issues. It also has ten protocols that will establish a new legal framework among the member states.

Prior to the pact’s adoption, Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a message to the summit saying the new agreement would be notable “in that it not only addresses issues related to peace and security, but also gives equal importance to democracy, good governance, economic development, regional integration and humanitarian issues, all of which will help consolidate peace and stability.”


Related articles


  1. Botswana Urges Joseph Kabila to Step Down (February 26, 2018)
  2. No elections in DR Congo in December without electronic voting machines: INEC (February 13, 2018)
  3. US Warns DR Congo Against Electronic Voting for Delayed Election (February 12, 2018)
  4. Felix Tshisekedi accuses INEC of illegally prolonging Kabila's mandate (October 24, 2017)
  5. DRC Seeks Arrest of Presidential Candidate Moise Katumbi (May 19, 2016)
  6. Papa Wemba Is Buried in Kinshasa (May 4, 2016)
  7. Papa Wemba Awarded Highest National Honor as Thousands Pay Tribute (May 2, 2016)
  8. Rights Groups: DR Congo Must Free Pro-democracy Activists (April 13, 2015)
  9. Police Open Fire on Crowd Protesting Election Law Change (January 19, 2015)
  10. Etienne Tshisekedi Evacuated to Belgium for Medical Treatment (August 16, 2014)
  11. Kerry Calls on Kabila to Honor Constitution (May 4, 2014)
  12. Kerry in DR Congo for Security Talks (May 3, 2014)
  13. DR Congo Takes Chairmanship of COMESA at Summit in Kinshasa (February 26, 2014)
  14. DR Congo Honors Nelson Mandela, Hero and Model for Humanity (December 6, 2013)
  15. Kabila Congratulates Congo Army for Defeating M23 Rebels (October 30, 2013)
  16. DR Congo Eases Process for Starting a New Business (June 3, 2013)
  17. Regional Leaders Sign DR Congo Peace Deal (February 24, 2013)
  18. The M23 Rebels Want to Overthrow Kabila? Nonsense (November 28, 2012)
  19. Protests Against M23 Rebels, Government and UN Spread (November 22, 2012)
  20. Thousands Protest M23 Capture of Goma, Turn on Government and UN (November 21, 2012)
  21. DR Congo Officials Vow to Defend Goma Against M23 Rebels (November 19, 2012)
  22. At high-level meeting, Ban urges political solution to crisis in eastern DR Congo (September 27, 2012)
  23. US Cuts Military Aid to Rwanda Over Support to Rebels in DR Congo (July 21, 2012)
  24. DR Congo, Rwanda Sign Pact to Fight Rebels in Eastern Congo (July 15, 2012)
  25. Police Investigate Former Prime Minister for Corruption (May 14, 2012)
  26. Kabila Names Members of New Government (April 30, 2012)
  27. Kabila Names Finance Minister as New Prime Minister (April 19, 2012)
  28. Kabila's Position on The Arrest of Ntaganda 'Has Not Changed' (April 13, 2012)
  29. Kabila Insists on Military Discipline as Mutiny Fades (April 11, 2012)
  30. Kabila, Army Chief of Staff head to eastern Congo to deal with defectors (April 10, 2012)


Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio
Available on App Store
Get it on Google Play



Contact Us | About Us | Édition en Français | French Edition

© 2018 CongoPlanet.com. All rights reserved.