Lusaka, Zambia— The Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Zambia, at the request of the Zambian government, has sponsored the travel of an American conflict mediation expert to Zambia for one-week training program with members of government and civil society on conflict mediation and mitigation.
The training will take place from April18 – 21, 2017 in Lusaka. It will target two audiences: senior managers and technical level staff of who are involved in international efforts to build peace in Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defense, and the Office of the President; and civil society organizations that have traditionally worked for peace and tolerance in Zambia.
At an opening ceremony for the training program on April 18, Ambassador Schultz stated, “The United States is pleased that Zambia seeks to pursue a foreign policy based on its credentials as a tolerant, democratic society. When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs approached the United States requesting such an expert-level training program, we were more than happy to accommodate. We commend Zambia and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its interest in developing a cohort of negotiators trained in conflict mediation that might be able to assist neighboring countries address political crises before they degenerate into violence that could further destabilize the sub-region.” The U.S. government appreciates this effort and is committed to helping Zambia uphold its democratic traditions that have been a model for southern Africa.
The visiting expert is Mr. Peter Sampson who is currently with the United Nations’ Department of Political Affairs and has served as a head of mediation support and mediation adviser to the special representative to the secretary-general (SRSG) at the U.N. Office in West Africa (UNOWA). His bio is attached.