Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 March 2010

Cote d’Ivoire / UNOCI trains the media and civil society on reinforcement of social cohesion in Agnéby region





Cote d’Ivoire / UNOCI trains the media and civil society on reinforcement of social cohesion in Agnéby region


ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 18, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI), yesterday began the 8th in a series of seminars on “The Media and Social Cohesion” in the town of Adzopé, 95 km north of Abidjan.


In her introduction to the seminar, Kadidia Ledron of UNOCI’s Public Information Office stressed the need to create conditions that would enable the media to contribute to the maintenance and consolidation of a peaceful electoral environment.


“The media”, she said, “must support the crisis resolution process by strictly respecting of their terms of reference, so as to give impetus to a participatory process that would entail the dissemination of information on the different stages of the electoral process to people.”


Speaking on the role of civil society, Mrs. Ledron said “it constitutes the second pillar necessary for the consolidation of what has been achieved so far on the ground within the framework of reinforcing social cohesion in view of holding the coming elections in an atmosphere of peace and security for all.”


In an expose on “the prevention and management of conflict,” Brigitte Karekezi of UNOCI’s Civil Affairs Section, identified the principal stages in the settlement of disputes: “listening to the disputing parties, identifying the areas of disagreement, reflection and the resolution of conflict through the involvement of traditional institutions such as the chieftaincy and traditional elite”.


Presenting a paper on “Civil society as a watchdog on the media in Agneby”, the third assistant to the mayor of Akoupé, Ohoueu Atse Edmond, remarked that “the majority of press organs owe allegiance to political parties; hence the information disseminated by them is not always fair, objective and transparent.” According to him, this partisan treatment of information is not conducive to social cohesion among the population.


The correspondent for Fraternite Matin, Ali Diallo, who spoke on the role of the local media and civil society in strengthening social cohesion in times of election in the Agneby region, recounted the efforts of the media in defusing inter-ethnic tension in the Agboville community.

Siagbe Trah of UNOCI’s Gender Unit, who spoke on the role of women in conflict management and social cohesion, demonstrated that the women were central in the reinforcement of social cohesion. He noted that “unfortunately, everything is done as if she had no role in society.”


Yoro Sangare, an UNOCI consultant, developed the theme “The challenges facing the media and civil society in promoting a peaceful electoral environment in the Agneby region”. This was followed by an exchange of views on how the participants can act as inter-communal links and ways by which the media and civil society can collaborate to ensure a peaceful electoral climate. The two-day seminar was attended by traditional and religious authorities, community and youth leaders, media practitioners and representatives of NGOs.



Mission of UN in Côte d’Ivoire


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