by Yusupha Bojang in Abuja, Nigeria
June 26, 2018
Journalists from the 15-Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are currently undergoing a three-day peace building training at the ECOWAS Commission Headquarters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The training is being organised by the ECOWAS Commission and is designed to examine the role of the media in promoting peace and security in the ECOWAS region; their role in helping to disseminate information about ECOWAS peace and security mandate, as well as actions and programmes in Member States through national public and private media.
To enhance the visibility of ECOWAS peace and security interventions in Member States, the training will provide West African journalists with appropriate information on peace and security efforts of the ECOWAS Commission to enable them in better informing and engaging with ECOWAS citizens to effectively promote peace and security in the region.
During the interface, the training will feature presentations by various departments and directorates of the ECOWAS Commission including the Peace Fund of the Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security (PAPS), the Secretariat of the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework, (ECPF), Early Warning, Communication, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, Legal Affairs, as well as Humanitarian and Social Affairs.
Supported by the European Union (EU), the move is part of the communication and visibility strategy action plan of the ECOWAS Regional Peace, Security and Stability (ECOWAS-EU PSS) mandate programme.
The training is expected to produce recommendations of best practices in reporting ECOWAS peace building initiatives, understanding ECOWAS work in mediating conflicts, support for credible elections and deepening democratic governance among others.