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Political Affairs Peace and Security


 

The Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) supervised by the Commissioner, draws its mandate from the peace and security provisions of Article 58 of the Revised ECOWAS Treaty (1993) and its derivative Protocols; In particular the Protocol relating to Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping and Security (The Mechanism – 1999), the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and Democracy (Dec 2001) as well as the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms & light Weapons (SALW) & their related materials (June 2006).

 

The ECOWAS Mechanism aforementioned, outlines the mandate and modalities of the Organization’s mediation efforts, as well as the Institutions and Organs responsible for them. The treaty, protocols and conventions together with the seal of decisions of the authority of heads of state and government form the legal basis for the existence and exertions of PAPS.

Year in year out, PAPS is contributing to the realization of the ECOWAS vision of creating a secured, peaceful, fully integrated and prosperous West Africa.

As one of the Community’s driving forces for peace and stability, its objectives include:

  •  Implementing the Mechanism and related protocols for the promotion of peace, security and stability
  •  Addressing root causes of conflicts, consolidating democracy and good governance
  • Mitigating and resolving tensions, disputes & crises through preventive diplomacy, mediation, sustained by timely warning
  • Assisting in the return to post-conflict normalcy through peace consolidation & peace building activities; and
  • The promotion of security through assistance in the control of trans-border crimes, international terrorism, proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), and anti-personnel mines.

The Directorates functioning in deference to PAPS are Early Warning, Peacekeeping and Regional Security as well as Political Affairs.



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