The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres was founded in Canada on July 2, 1995, at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. In October 2005, the responsibility for the Secretariat was transferred to the Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi. The aim of the Association is to facilitate communication and exchange of information between peacekeeping and other related training centres and/or among people responsible for, and interested in, peacekeeping training. Peacekeeping 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 centres. It is hoped that this exchange of information will allow centres to minimize duplication in their efforts, and lead to further specialization and sharing of responsibilities.
18th IAPTC Annual Conference 2012, Helsinki, Finland
The 18th Annual Conference was held from 17-20 September at Helsinki, Finland. The Conference was co-hosted by Crisis Management Center (CMC), Finland and the Finnish Defence Forces International Center (FINCENT). The conference hinged itself on the theme of Effective Peacekeeping and Peace Building - Challenges for the Training Community. 207 participants from 48 countries attended the conference, which is so far the largest participation in the history of IAPTC. The Nouveau enthusiasm and increased participation further signifies that the IAPTC grows from strength to strength with each passing year.
Participation in the IAPTC Annual Conference
Membership in the IAPTC is open to individuals, agencies and organizations engaged in peacekeeping research, education and training. Those participating in the annual conference shall be considered the current membership for the IAPTC.
Participation in an IAPTC annual conference is intended to include management or staff from organizations with a responsibility for the education and training of individuals or groups preparing for peace, crisis response or humanitarian operations - military, police, civilian, joint or academic; or are engaged in research activity related to such education and training; or, hold positions of responsibility for such education, training and research in government, international and regional organisations, UN Agencies, or in NGOs with a demonstrated interest in peacekeeping training "
19th Annual Conference of IAPTC, Dhaka, Bangladesh
19th Annual Conference of the IAPTC was held from 28 to 31 October 2013 at Bangladesh Institute for Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT). The theme of the conference was Coping With Change: Leveraging Regional Education and Training Capabilities for Effective Multidimensional Peace Operations. Conference was attended by 167 delegates from 41 different countries. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be placed on the website soon.
Host for 20th IAPTC, 2014
Indonesia Defence Forces Peacekeeping Center, Jakarta, Indonesia will be hosting the 20th Annual Conference of the IAPTC. The conference will be held in the month of June 2014. For more details on the conference, please follow http://www.pkc-indonesia.mil.id
21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC will be held in Brazil. More details will be intimated in due course of time.