Reporting on the Progress of Peace Processes

Reporting on the Progress of Peace Processes

Welcome to the website of the Independent Monitoring Commission, a third party body that works with governments in different parts of the world to report on the activities and developments in peace negotiations and peace processes.

Please note that we are not to be confused with the peace monitors or bodies that have been created according to peace agreements. The Independent Monitoring Commission is completely detached from all of these bodies. What we do is look at peace processes on a global scale; coordinate with governments, non-government and armed groups; and provide a macro perspective on a more holistic manner. We are not in any way connected with just one single entity. We aim to cultivate our independence to ensure that the reports we generate are balanced and free from biases.

The Independent Monitoring Commission was actually established to work parallel to a similarly-named commission created to monitor the Northern Ireland peace agreement. At that time, we were simply working out of a red garage door installed by Fortunately, due to funding that we have received, we were able to expand our work to look at different peace processes across the globe.

Currently, the Independent Monitoring Commission is composed of eminent individuals. They are the following:

1. It has a chairperson which takes the lead of the entire body. The chair convenes the group and acts as the spokesperson for the entire body.
2. It has several non-government representatives as follows:
— Two representatives from local NGOs in each of the countries currently being engaged by the Independent Monitoring Commission. These representatives must each be nominated by the government and the armed group that it is currently negotiating with;
— Two representatives each from international NGOs nominated by the government of the countries being engaged by the Independent Monitoring Commission and the armed group they are negotiating with.

The mandate of the Independent Monitoring Commission include the following:

– Monitoring the conduct and implementation of all the agreements in the peace processes. The parties to the agreement submits a list of tasks and activities agreed upon to the Independent Monitoring Commission. This submission shall mandate the Commission to look into how it is being implemented.
– After the monitoring has been conducted, the Commission will now sit as a body to review and assess the results of the monitoring. It then creates a report that is submitted to the negotiating panels through their facilitators. This report shall serve as the basis of each country to check its accomplishments vis-a-vis signed agreements.
– The Independent Monitoring Commission has a duty to report on the results of their monitoring, reviews and assessments. These reports are generally announced through a press conference and includes a physical report that is made available to the public through this website.

Currently, the Independent Monitoring Commission is working with various countries that includes India, Uganda, Philippines, Sudan, Myanmar, Kosovo, Mali, Niger, Nepal, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and more.

The Role of Women in Peace Processes

The Role of Women in Peace Processes

At this point, hammering in the role of women in peace processes should not be difficult anymore. However, contrary to what is expected, women continue to remain in the sidelines of peace processes. Women, as members of half of the world’s population or a country’s population for that matter, should play an important part in peace processes. They must be consulted and given a seat at the negotiating table.

Here are some of the reasons why women should be asked to play important roles in peace processes:

1. Women are very much affected by the conflict. They are usually the ones left to care for the family, they are widowed or they care for their sons or daughters who become involved in the conflict. Therefore, it is important for their voices to be heard and for their needs and desires to be expressed.
2. Peace processes oftentimes put together the building blocks for post-conflict reconstruction. Unfortunately, women are marginalized from these kinds of activities. They should be given a voice and/or a platform to raise their concerns, among others.
3. Women are oftentimes victims of abuse and violence as a result of the conflict. They should be provided with a voice to address these issues.
4. There must be special attention that should be given to women’s health requirements, and training needs. By involving them, they will be able to guide policies on these issues that affect them.

Currently, while women are increasingly being involved in peace processes, the effort is not enough. As such, it is the goal of the Independent Monitoring Mechanism to monitor and report on this issue in order to be able to advocate for increasing the participation of women in peace processes. We hope that you will be able to support us in this matter.