On 24 February 2013, recognising the recurring cycles of conflict and violence that permeate the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), eleven countries of Africa signed a Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region1. This agreement represents an avenue of hope for the people of the region to build stability by addressing the root causes of the conflict and fostering trust between neighbours.
It is important that not only governments but a wide cross‐section of the population in each country– parliamentarians, women's groups, human rights organisations, young people, business groups, trade unions, faith‐based organisations, academics and others – know the details of this Framework of Hope. It is they who will benefit if this Framework is implemented fully, so they should be active in encouraging each of their governments to make special efforts to ensure full implementation, and
they should be ready to hold their governments accountable for any failure to respond adequately.
The Framework outlines national, regional and international actions that aim to end violence
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