The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers was founded In Canada on July 2nd 1995, by the Pearson Peacekeeping Center. In 2005 responsibility for the continuity and general management of the IAPTC concept was transferred to the Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi as the CUNPK assumed the role of IAPTC Secretariat. The aim of the Association is to facilitate communication and exchange of information between peacekeeping and other related education and training centers and/or among people responsible for, and interested in training for peace and crisis management operations. Trainers and Educators use this information to avoid problems already encountered by others, promote well-tested practices, and provide information or offer services to those countries that do not have training centers. It is expected that this exchange of information allows centers to minimize duplication in their efforts, facilitates cooperation in all aspects of education, training and research, and results in more effective and efficient operations in the field.
21st Annual Conference of IAPTC, Brasilia, Brazil – 2015
The 21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC was held from 28 September to 1 October in Brasilia Brazil. The theme of the conference was "Enhancing the effectiveness of Training through Integration, Partnerships and Evaluation". The conference was attended by some 200 delegates, from 67 different organizations and 50 different countries. The conference report will be presented in late May to the meeting of the Executive Committee in Sarajevo.
22nd Annual Conference of IAPTC, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina – 2016 (www.psotc.org)
The 22nd Annual Conference of the IAPTC will be held from 26 to 30 September in Sarajevo, organized by PSOTC Bosnia, in partnership with the Bosnian Ministry of Defence and the Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as with national embassies , NGO, civilian and academic organisations. Members are invited to suggest conference themes prior to 31 March 2016, and in addition suggest any changes to the program format from 2015, also by 31st March 2016.
The UN High Level Panel on all aspects of Peacekeeping
The work and value of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers is recognized in the UN’s High level panel report . Para 216 explicitly states that, in reference to a more global training partnership, “The United Nations should serve as a central point in coordinating a stronger global training partnership. Several essential building blocks are in place with the Secretariat’s Integrated Training Service and Member State-led groups such as the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres”