Accra, 23rdOctober 2019:As part of efforts to sustain and expand the conversation on peacekeeping on the African Continent, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), will co-host a one-day conference with the Ghana Mission to the United Nations (UN), the United Kingdom Mission to the UN and Norway Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Slated for 12 November 2019 on the theme; “Peacekeeping in Africa: Fostering Partnerships and Synergies” at the UN Headquarters in New York, the conference, is expected to, among other objectives, increase cooperation between partners in peacekeeping operations, and discuss ways to advance the strategic and operational effectiveness across the various components of UN missions, including training, planning readiness and capacities.
AU Member States, the African Union, African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), think tanks, as well as the other international partners of the KAIPTC, including Denmark and Sweden will join other key stakeholders to discuss commitments under A4P, such as advancing lasting political solutions, strengthening the impact of peacekeeping on sustaining peace, improving peacekeeping partnerships, strengthening performance and accountability and implementing the women, peace and security agenda.
The conference will also be open to the participation of all UN Member States.
This conference is consistent with KAIPTC’s strategic objective plans for 2019-2023 that provides a broad framework for engaging the AU and its Regional Economic Communities (RECs), particularly on issues of peace and security. The Centre is one of ECOWAS’s Training Centres of Excellence mandated to provide research, training, policy interventions and education on peace and security. To achieve this objective, KAIPTC liaises with international actors, ECOWAS, AU, and UN Member States, bilateral partners and the Government of Ghana. Equally, Norway and the United Kingdom historically have been some of the key countries that support initiatives of the Global South to promote peace and security. Through direct and indirect support, they have continued to support African regional organisations, such as the African Union and ECOWAS to maintain peace and security on the continent.Their support to the African peace and security architecture by facilitating dialogue between parties to conflict and supporting other actors’ conflict resolution efforts has contributed immensely to finding lasting political solutions to wars and conflicts on the continent.
A comprehensive document, summarising key policy recommendations on opportunities, mechanisms and partnerships for peacekeeping operations as well as contribution to the ongoing peacekeeping reform initiatives will be delivered. It is also expected that new ideas for training will be shared that could lead to the development of new training modules in the areas of Peace and Security.
The live will be held from 10.00AM (GMT-5) or 15.00PM (UTC/Ghana time) on: http://webtv.un.org/
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 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.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognised institution and has to date trained and tutored over 21, 496 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organisation and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.