Accra, 20 December, 2017: President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Republic of Ghana, has officially inaugurated a group of eminent global personalities as Goodwill Ambassadors for the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
Accra, 20 December, 2017: The President of the Republic of Ghana, and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commended the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) for its great work in developing and increasing the stock of peace and security practitioners and experts critically needed to address the myriad of conflicts and threats facing the continent.
Accra, December 11, 2017: Extremism and terrorism are regarded as twin security threats facing West Africa today. The sub-region’s vulnerabilities to these threats are due to several factors, some of which include tribal conflict, porous borders, weak state institutions, widespread corruption, poverty and mass unemployment, spread of Small Arms and Light Weapons, farmer-grazers land conflict, and ethnic tensions.
Accra, 28 November, 2017: His Excellency, Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy on Tuesday, 28th November, addressed some members of the Diplomatic Corps, invited representatives from public, private and civil society organizations, serving and retired personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces, and staff of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
Accra, November 24, 2017: The passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000, was among others, aimed at improving the participation of women in peacebuilding, and the prevention of conflict through addressing conflict-related sexual violence.
Though there has been some fruitful global efforts towards its achievement, a review by the UN in 2015 pinpointed some challenges; addressing them requires continuous multi-stakeholder collaboration at all levels. In this light, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the New Zealand Defense Force have been partnering to strengthen the capacity of Ghanaian female security personnel in various facets of their work.
Accra, 22 November, 2017: The Deputy Commandant for the Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), Colonel Panganai Kahuni, has led a three-member delegation to visit the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
The purpose of the visit, was to acquaint themselves with KAIPTC’s best governance and administrative policies/practices; it was also to explore areas of possible collaboration between both institutions on applicable processes of implementing the AU requirements on maintaining peace and stability in Africa.
Accra, October 5, 2017: A joint matriculation ceremony for the fourth cohort of the Executive Masters Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security (EMCPS 4) and the third cohort of the Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD) in International Conflict Management has been held at the Gerhard Schröder Hall AT the Kofi Annan Peacekeeping International Centre (KAIPTC). Thirty-three students enrolled for the year-long Masters programme, whiles four enrolled for the four-year PhD programmme. The students are from diverse sectors/institutions such as the Security and Intelligence Agencies, International and Regional Organizations, Civil/Public Service, Legislature, the Media, private sector and Civil Society/Non-Governmental Organizations.
Accra, October 2 2017. Mr. Seji Saji, Deputy Director General of the National Disaster Management Organization, Ghana, has set the tone for a two-week interactive course on Humanitarian Assistance in West Africa at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
‘’The subject (of humanitarian assistance) is very relevant to us in Africa, and particularly those of us in West Africa because, apart from the fact that we are part of the global village, the brunt of most civil strife and major disasters, continue to find comfort in our sub-region’’ he stated.
Accra, October 2, 2017: A two-week Pilot Trainer of Trainers’ course on Mentoring and Advising, organized by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in collaboration with the European Police Service Training (EUPST), has opened with fifteen (15) police officers from seven (7) African countries in attendance.
The programme seeks to accomplish a number of objectives. It aims at building the capabilities of Police and Gendarmerie of the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and other international organizations. Participants will also be equipped with operational capacity and law enforcement skills and knowledge, and receive information on ways to deepen personal relations and teamwork in diverse cultures, to foster a common understanding of international policing in the contexts of conflict resolution.
At a well-attended inaugural Alumni Homecoming event held at KAIPTC on 20 July, several alumni took turns to share the impact of the post-graduate programmes in their personal and professional lives since completion. The event featured keynote speakers and alumni such as Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications, Hon. Gifty Ohene-Konadu, National Coordinator for the ‘One District, One Factory’ programme at the Office of the President, and Mr. Seth Kwame Boateng, Broadcast Journalist, and Past Ghana Journalist of the year. The event was held under the theme “Reconnecting and Networking for Peace and Security”.
The maintenance of peace and security in Africa remains a critical challenge. In many parts of the continent, states and societies are grappling with extraordinary threats that undermine security at the levels of the state and the individual. Key among these are low intensity conflicts, which appear to be replacing outright civil wars as the most prevalent form of armed violence in Africa. These conflicts and the non-permissive environments they create place under immense stress the evolving continental security architecture designed to respond to the dynamics of state action. While states in parts of Africa remain an arena of conflict, others feature as the very object over which conflicts are being fought, raising fundamental questions about the basic nature of the African state.
The British Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has lauded KAIPTC’s contribution to global peacekeeping, citing its hallmark of training over fifteen thousand participants for peace support operations around the world. He further noted that the Centre is the only training institution on the continent to have a Women, Peace and Security Institute.
He made these remarks during a round table meeting held at KAIPTC to discuss ‘UN Peacekeeping Reform: the UN and Africa’. He stressed the UK government’s support for reform in peacekeeping through improvement in three areas – Planning, Pledges, and performance. These 3P’s, contained in the joint ‘Communiqué signed at the London Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial last September, is considered a blueprint for peacekeeping reform.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Ghana, Mr. David Asante-Apeatu, has highlighted the need to strengthen the rapport between the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), and the Ghana Police Service, to achieve shared goals on peace and security in the nation and beyond.
“We can further collaborate to explore other critical areas of policing, including counter terrorism, transnational organized crime, human trafficking and proliferation of small arms”. This move, he believes, will not only be beneficial to the Ghana Police Service, but also other Police Services within the ECOWAS sub-region.