28th September, 2018: At the heart of efforts to maintain peace and security on the continent, and in the world, are the twin mechanisms; prevention and partnerships. Ongoing reforms within the UN, and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, which is the strategic framework for socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next five decades, underscore the need to address the root causes of conflict and to deepen cooperation and engagement between regional and international to assuage identified risks to peace and security.
In support of this continental and global agenda, and to strengthen risk analysis and how to translate these into actionable joint responses to prevent violence and armed conflict in Africa, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation based in Uppsala Sweden, will hold a lecture themed “Preventing Armed Conflicts; Identifying and Mitigating Risks” on Wednesday, 3rd October at KAIPTC, Teshie.
Instituted in 2013, the annual Kofi Annan – Dag Hammarskjöld lectures will this year, host Mr. Adama Dieng, Special advisor to the UN Secretary General as speaker. Prior to his appointment as Special Adviser by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he has previously worked as a consultant for many international Organizations including United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the Organization of African Unity, the Ford Foundation, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Organization internationale de la Francophonie, the International Committee of the Red Cross, among others. He is also a Council Member of the Observatoire Panafricain de la Démocratie, a member of the executive committee of Africa Leadership Forum and a board member of the International Institute of Human Rights.
Ms Christine Evans – Klock, UN Resident Coordinator, will be the Chairperson for the lecture.
A roundtable session will ensue after the lecture comprising a group of 10-12 high-level individuals working at the director level at the AU, select Regional Economic Communities, the United Nations and civil society organisations. The session will focus on risks assessment and response, challenges and lessons learnt from the perspectives and experiences of participating organizations, and ways to enhance inter-organizational co-operation and coordination.
KAIPTC and the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation (DHF), Uppsala Sweden, instituted the Annual Kofi Annan/Dag Hammarskjold (KA-DH) Lectures in honour of the two former Secretary-Generals of the United Nations. Subsequently, an inaugural lecture hosted by the Centre was held in February 2013.
Past speakers have included;
Liberia and Head of the UN Mission in Liberia
The lecture will be attended by government functionaries, members of the diplomatic corps, senior military officers, defence advisors, senior police officers, the academia, civil society organizations and persons working in the diplomatic service.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on 0302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or 0550-303030. You can find the KAIPTC on facebook and twitter as: @Kaiptcgh. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org.
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.