Tana 2012 Programme

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Day I- April 14th 2012

11.00 – 12.00 – Opening remarks by:
– Dr. Hesphina Rukato
– Prof Andreas Eshete
– H.E. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
– Mrs. Graça Mache
– H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo

14.30 – 17.00: Panel 1: Managing Diversity chaired by Andreas Eshete

Dr. Francis Deng
– Bineta Diop
– Mahmood Mamdani
– H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo

Day II- April 15th 2012

09.00 – 11.30: Panel 2: State Fragility chaired by Dr. Funmi Olonisakin

H.E. Ms. Luisa Diogo
– Dr. Abdalla Hamdok
– H.E. Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra
– H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki

11.30 – 12.00: Tea Break

12.00 – 13.00: H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo (Chair)

13.00 – 14.30: Lunch

16.30: Departure to Addis

Tana 2012 Discussion Papers

Managing Diversity

Prof. Andreas Eshete

Professor Andreas Eshete notes ‘despite Africa’s rich legacy of diversity, there is disinclination in much of Africa in giving either a political face or a public voice or space to culture and cultural identity. This is puzzling but of course such puzzles are not uncommon. An analogy I might mention briefly is a question that arises about Britain among historians. Britain is the first industrial nation, and one with a working class majority, but curiously, persistently, un-revolutionary. And people have tried to explain why this is so, and I try to do the same briefly for diversity in Africa, and its political distancing, its distancing from public life’.

State Fragility

Dr. Funmi Olonisakin

‘It is very difficult to dispute the fact that Africa has been the guinea pig for the last two decades so for the rest of the world for very obvious reasons’ says Dr. Funmi Olonisakin. ‘When it comes to trying to define matters of international security, we have externally driven notions of what security is, what human security is, what a fragile state is. We are not short of labels or language to describe what African states are in a sense’ she adds.

Tana 2012 Speeches

Welcome Address by Hesphina Rukato, Coordinator of the Tana Forum

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Dr. Hesphina says that the reason to organise Tana is to create a forum for Africans who work in peace and security to come together, to share their experiences, and to discuss what works and what does not work in peace and security. It is to bring together current and former Heads of State and Government, ministers, representatives from African and global institutions, and eminent persons from civil society and the private sector. It is also to open the way for an open discussion, carried by a spirit of communality and to establish a new way of contributing to new, forward-looking and profoundly African approaches and solutions to addressing the challenges of peace and security on the continent.

Welcome Address by Andreas Eshete, Deputy Chairperson of the Tana Forum

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Pofessor Andreas Eshete says that Tana Forum is an opportunity to interrogate, or even stretch, the limits of legitimate public deliberation on African public policy on matters of peace and security. In the light of Africa’s intractable and swiftly changing problems of peace and security, the reflective search for unexplored options and fresh perspectives is a matter of urgency. He further says that the forum may help to advance this quest and thereby contribute to the vital work of institutions such as the African Union.

Message from Graça Machel, President and Founder Graça Machel Trust

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Graca Machel, in her speech said that hundreds of thousands of women and girls on the continent find themselves carrying in silence the wounds and scars of their torn dignity. Massive and repeated orgies of rape have been consistently reported in the Eastern DRC. However, no African government, no regional body, not even the African Union itself has ever stood to claim the dignity, protection and rehabilitation of these women is profoundly disturbing to our consciousness. Machel thus calls upon the forum to take peace and security beyond the absence of internal, violent conflict or cross border conflict. She argues that  peace and security must mean that women and children live free from fear in stable communities, nations and Africa wide.

Speech by Olusegun Obasanjo, Chairperson of the Tana Forum

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In his speech Olusegun Obasanjo says that the Tana Forum is the first instance in Africa wherein distinguished group of leading multi-stakeholder personalities are meeting in an informal setting to discuss strategic peace and security challenges facing our continent. He adds that the establishment of the Tana Forum is an indication of the achievements made by the African Union (and the OAU before it) over the years in opening up spaces for citizen participation in peace and security matters of the continent. Obasanjo notes that the recent events in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya  have shown that more than ever before, Africans need to speak with a common and strong voice. We also need to enhance our capability to address unpredictable situations of conflict and insecurity. To effectively deal with the threats that Africa faces now and in the future, there is a need to practically translate our common vision to complement the legal instruments and institutional mechanisms.

Opening Speech by Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE)

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In his welcoing speech, H.E. Meles Zenawi notes that the Tana Forum is organised so as to supplement already existing institutions on security in Africa. The fact that the forum is organized on informal setting and involves all stakeholders provides the unique features of the forum. He adds that the involvement of all stakeholders will thus instill a deeper understanding of issues selected for discussion without tipping over debates and discussion.

Tana 2012 Other Documents

Report of the 1st Tana High-Level Forum on Security in Africa

Tana 2012 Report

The report contains programmes, discussion papers, speeches and photos of the Tana High Level Forum on Security in Africa held in Bahirdar, Ethiopia on April 14-15, 2012.

Tana 2012 Speakers’ Bios

Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UNECA

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Abdalla Hamdok is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Hamdok has twenty five years’ experience in addressing development challenges in Africa at the national, sub-regional and continent-wide levels.

H.E. Thabo Mbeki, Former President of South Africa

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Mr. Thabo Mbeki is a thought leader who remains close to visible leadership. His profile as an intellectual, policy shaper and mediator has been built over a lifetime.

Ms. Bineta Diop, Founder and Chair of the Executive Board Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)

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Ms. Bineta Diop of Senegal is the Founder and Chair of the Executive Board of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS). She has led numerous peace building programmes, including a women, peace and security initiative that resulted in the creation of a strong West African women’s movement, the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET), which was awarded the United Nations General Assembly Prize in Human Rights in December 2003. Get to know her: 

Dr. Francis Deng, Special Adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced, on 29 May 2007, the appointment of Mr. Francis Deng of Sudan as the new Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, succeeding Mr. Juan Méndez of Argentina.

Dr. Funmi Olonisakin, Director of the African Leadership Center

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Dr. ’Funmi Olonisakin is the founding Director of the African Leadership Centre, which aims to build the next generation of African leaders in the fields of peace, security and development. She has also served as the Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group at King’s College London since 2003.

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research

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Mahmood Mamdani is Professor and Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, and Herbert Lehman Professor of Government at Columbia University, New York.

Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, Commissioner for Peace and Security African Union

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Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra is the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU). In this capacity, he is involved in mediation efforts and in the management and resolution of conflicts in Africa. He also supervised the operationalization of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), working closely with the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), the Panel of the Wise and the Regional Economic Communities (REC’s).

H.E. Luisa Dias Diogo, Former Prime Minister of Mozambique

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Luisa Dias Diogo was Prime Minister of Mozambique from 2004 to 2010. In 2010, she became a member of the Advisory Board of The Brenthurst Foundation, and the President of the African Union Commission appointed Diogo as a member of the Advisory Council for Peace and Security. Also in the same year, the UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon appointed Diogo as a Member of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) and she also became a Member of the Club de Madrid.