The Continental Early Warning System (CEWS) was put in place by Article 12 of the Protocol relating to the establishment of the Peace and Security Council (PSC). Its operationalization is guided by the provision of the “Roadmap for the Operationalization of CEWS”. The two instruments stress the importance of collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on matters of early warning and conflict prevention as a pre-requisite for the successful operation of CEWS.
The PSC Protocol specifically States “The Commission shall collaborate with International Organizations, Research Centres, Academic institutions and NGOs, to facilitate the functioning of the CEWS”. Against this background, CSOs1 have provided an important contribution to the development of an implementation strategy and framework for the CEWS through participation in the various meetings and workshops convened by the AU Commission since 2003.
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