Accra, 29th May 2019:Today marks the seventeenth commemoration of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Established by the UN General Assembly in 2002, the day is set aside to celebrate the venerable men and women who currently serve in peacekeeping missions around the world, and to honour and remember those who have fallen whiles serving.
As the UN and the rest of the world commemorates the day on the theme “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace,” the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) celebrates all peacekeepers around the world for their sacrifices, and for their courage, tenacity, and protection for the most vulnerable.
Peace and Security is priceless; it is the foundation of development, and it is the hard work and commitment of peacekeepers, together with the remarkable work by peacekeeping training institutions like KAIPTC and a community of security practitioners, continental and regional bodies, developments partners, civil society organisations and policy initiatives that peace is regained, preserved or upheld.
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.