Tanzania was among the countries spearheading the Regional Forums for Prevention of Genocide from 2008. In March 2013, Tanzania co-hosted the meeting that gave birth to GAAMAC and has since been a member of its Steering Group.
The principles and priorities governing Tanzania’s foreign policy include the defense of freedom, justice, human rights, equality and democracy; the promotion of good neighborliness and the support to the United Nations in its search for international economic development, peace and security. This relates to GAAMAC’s mission because with the prevention of atrocities, comes also the promotion of human rights and justice for all.
In pursuit of its foreign policy Tanzania established a national mechanism for prevention of genocide and mass atrocity crimes. Tanzania was the first ICGLR Member State to establish its National Committee for Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities (TNCPG). The Tanzanian National Committee is mandated to implement the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Protocol on Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all forms of Discrimination. Being part of GAAMAC contributes to bringing this priority to life in other countries in Africa.
The hybrid composition of the GAAMAC network exposed Tanzania to various international fora and initiatives, but also to best practices at national, regional and international levels. Being a member of GAAMAC gave Tanzania access to expertise from all over the world.