By Ochiaka Ugwu
There is every need to include all parties while building peace in every community, a peace and conflict resolution expert and Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA), Theophilus Ekpon has said.
Ekpon made this known at a one-day workshop on International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) and its New Deal for Engagement in Fragile and Conflict Affected States organized by the Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in Abuja at the weekend.
He stated that the IDPS is a global policy dialogue that was endorsed by over 40 countries in 2012, consisting of three main constituencies which include the g7+ (the umbrella body for governments of the South); the Global Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) which brings together civil society groups; and the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) which brings together the governments of the North.
He said the New Deal for Engagement in Conflict Affected States was developed by the IDPS with the recognition that building peaceful states requires long-term efforts and incremental approaches.
The New Deal, he said, also sets out five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) which include inclusive politics, people’s security, access to justice, economic foundations, revenues management and service delivery.
He called on Nigerian government to explore the opportunities provided by the International Dialogue for Peace Building and State Building (IDPS) platform in order to build sustainable peace in the country.
Also speaking during the event, the Director General of IPCR, Prof. Bakut Tswah Bakut who was represented by Mr. Andy Nkemneme said the workshop was to educate stakeholders on the need for Nigeria to be a member of the IDPS forum, noting that they have educated Nigerians on IDPS activities.
He stressed the need to increase our engagement in peacebuilding as well as statebuilding saying that peace is very central in all life’s activities.