Preventive Diplomacy in Kenya
In Kenya, following the outbreak of post-electoral violence in 2008, the United Nations quietly provided strong support to the African Union mediation led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that succeeded in stopping the violence and resolving the political-electoral conflict through negotiations. A power-sharing agreement between the main parties not only served to avert a potential civil war along ethnic lines but also provided the basis for a new constitution in the eastern African country.
In the following video interview, João Honwana, Director of the Africa I Division at the UN Department of Political Affairs, talks about the United Nations’ efforts to contain the crisis in Kenya 2008.
- Elections and Conflict: Rethinking assistance - article in the summer-fall 2011 edition of Politically Speaking, the biannual bulletin of the Department of Political Affairs.
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