Senior staff from UN, senior Govet officials from SADC convened to exchange views on conflict prevention and mediation efforts

SWAKOPMUND: Senior staff from the United Nations (UN) and senior Government officials from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) convened since Friday to exchange views and share best practices on conflict prevention and mediation efforts around the region.

This is the first-of-its-kind dialogue, and is part of an initiative by the UN to strengthen its cooperation with regional and sub-regional organisations in the area of conflict prevention, elections and mediation.

Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peya Mushelenga officially welcomed the delegates, saying it is incumbent upon the international community to continue supporting efforts for peace and stability in the region.

He said the dialogue accords an opportunity to take stock of the achievements and the challenges encountered in the maintenance of international peace and security, particularly in the region.

This two-day dialogue sought to also identify future opportunities for the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), SADC and its Member States to share technical expertise and regional best practices.