The Network of African Journalists on Human Security and Peace (RAJOSEP) organized a workshop for the formal launch of its activities, on 21 January 2011, at the headquarters of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), in Lome.
Under the theme "Peace and human security, development factors”, this activity was substantively and logistically supported by UNREC.
The launch ceremony was attended by representative from the Ministry for Security and Emergency Preparedness, diplomats, agencies of the United Nations system, the National Democratic Institute, human rights organizations and other representatives from civil society. UNREC experts also took part in the workshop.
The RAJOSEP seeks to become a group of African journalists who set themselves the following objectives:
- promoting journalism focused on human security, conflict prevention, issues of small arms and light weapons, and peacekeeping;
- strengthening the capacities of information and communication professionals to produce objective information on issues of human security and peace that Africa faces, and
- supporting every action aiming at development of the African people.
UNREC contributed to this workshop under its mandate to work alongside Member States towards conflict prevention and peace and security in Africa . In this regard, civil society, including journalists, is one component of the audience of UNREC activities.