The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have entered into a five year Memorandum of Understanding to implement joint programmes on Environmental Security in Africa at a signing ceremony held at the UN agency’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The ceremony was attended by Mounkaila Goumandakoye the Regional Director for Africa at UNEP and Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies. Also in attendance at the signing ceremony was Kenneth Mpyisi, ISS Nairobi office Director and Ambassador Segun Ankinsanya, Director for the ISS Addis Ababa Office.
Goumandakoye said that the ISS is the ideal partner as it had continental coverage. “UNEP receives several requests a year from African countries seeking support on issues related to environmental security which it will now be able to more effectively respond to because of its partnership with the ISS, through its offices in South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal made it an ideal partner since the UNEP Regional Office for African has a continental mandate.”
Cilliers in remarks given at the singing ceremony said that ISS was in the process of expanding its work on environmental security and would place particular emphasis on climate change and human security in Africa. He said that the collaboration between ISS and UNEP would also form part of larger ISS features programme that ISS intends to undertake in collaboration with the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and NEPAD secretariat. Under the features programme, ISS will provide cutting edge analysis, forecasting and early warning for Africa.
The Institute for Security of Studies (ISS) is a pan-African organization that undertakes applied policy research, provides teaching and training as well as technical assistance. The Institute is head quartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal.