Commandant of KAIPTC to Speak at High-Level Seminar and Expert Symposium at UN Headquarters

The United Nations Headquarters will host a high-level seminar and expert symposium on the theme: “Preparing and Building for the Future: Pathways Towards More Nimble, Adaptive and Effective Peacekeeping.”

This event, which will come off on Friday, May 31, 2024, in New York, coincides with the International Day of UN Peacekeeping, and is expected to be a pivotal gathering of representatives from Member States, academia, think tanks, peacekeeping training centres, and UN practitioners.

Amid geopolitical shifts and a complex web of interlocking trends and challenges impacting global peace and security, there is an urgent need for multilateral responses that are relevant, responsive, and impactful.

Building on the Secretary-General’s “A New Agenda for Peace” and in the lead-up to the Summit of the Future, the high-level seminar and expert symposium will create a space for a forward-looking policy dialogue.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Ghana, India, Norway and Switzerland, the Effectiveness of Peace Operations Network (EPON), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GSCP), the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the United Service Institution of India (USI) and the UN Department of Peace Operations.

One of the key highlights of the high-level seminar will be an address by Major General Richard Addo Gyane, the Commandant of KAIPTC.

His insights and experience are expected to provide valuable perspectives on enhancing the adaptability and efficiency of peacekeeping operations with a particular focus on peacekeeping becoming more people-centred.

The Commandant will also discuss strategies for strengthening human rights through peacekeeping and engaging effectively with local communities, including women and youth, as part of a roundtable.

The Commandant will also give a closing remark at the high-level seminar and expert symposium.

Among other pertinent issues, the Commandant will assure participants of KAIPTC’s commitment to the promotion of global peace and security

Dr Emma Birikorang, Acting Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at KAIPTC will moderate an expert roundtable that will address the structural and other persistent issues that inhibit change and adaptation to new circumstances and challenges.

It will particularly focus on how peacekeeping can become more nimble, adaptive, and effective and enhancing adaptation through evidence-based decision-making.

The roundtable will also discuss leveraging digital technology in future mission models and how technology makes peacekeeping more efficient and effective.