Seminar on the consolidation of peace in Côte d'Ivoire

Experts from international organisations including the UNDP, UNESCO and the World Bank, university researchers and local authorities will analyse the outlook for the consolidation of peace in Côte d'Ivoire over three days, from 27 to 29 September, in a seminar organised by the ICIP in the country's capital, Abidjan. The President of the ICIP, Rafael Grasa, will open and close the seminar, and will participate in various sessions.

After gaining independence from France, Côte d'Ivoire became model for stability in West Africa for over three decades. However, a coup d'etat in 1999 led to the outbreak of a civil war that claimed thousands of victims and divided country between the north, controlled by the rebels, and with a Muslim majority, and the south, in government hands. The current peace process under the auspices of the UN began in 2003.

Among the issues to be analysed at the seminar are the role of elections in peace consolidation processes, property rights and inter-community relations as root of the conflict, and the deployment of State institutions and the fight against corruption.

In 2009, the ICIP participated in an identification mission to Côte d'Ivoire linked to the upcoming presidential elections.