Joint EU Concept for support to Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) published
|Title||Joint EU Concept for support to Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) published|
|Year of Publication||2007|
The following article has been taken from the EPLO Conflict Prevention Newsletter. The entire newsletter can be downloaded here: http://www.eplo.org/documents/EPLOCPNL2-1.pdf"The Finnish Presidency Report on ESDP mentioned that the Commission and the Council approved an EU Concept for support to Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), jointly developed by the Council Secretariat and the European Commission. International Alert participated in the conceptual elaboration of this common concept with a report presented in a seminar organised by the Presidency last July, the European Commission and the Conflict Prevention Partnership on "the EU and DDR: Supporting Security and Development".The EU concept states that it will build on "the experiences and lessons learned by the International Community and by the Union itself in supporting DDR processes in different parts of the world, through Community instruments, Member States bilateral programmes and more recently ESDP operations and actions". The EU has decided to work on the basis of the UN definitions of "disarmament", "demobilisation" and "reintegration". The concept also gives a special attention to gender and children issues. Some lessons-learned are clearly identified, including the fact that DDR initiatives should be contextdriven and developed together with other measures including confidence-building, SSR, SALW and transitional justice. The concept addresses the difficult question of reintegration and its links with long term development cooperation and economic programmes.Finally, the EU concept presents key principles for EU support to DDR, including local ownership and the need for a holistic approach that integrates transitional justice, political dialogue, or human rights initiatives."