The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres
The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) is an open and voluntary association of centres, institutions, and programs dealing with peace operations research, education, and training. It was initiated by Canada’s Pearson Peacekeeping Center (PPC) in 1995.
The IAPTC promotes better understanding of peacekeeping, its goals and objectives, and of the methods used in training for peace operations of all types. It is intended to broaden contacts between various international organizations, peacekeeping training centres and institutions, universities, and other interested groups, leading to more effective peace operations.
The IAPTC offers peacekeeping training centre personnel a forum for discussions relating to training without their having to deal with national interests (and sometimes restrictions). Each year, there is an Annual Conference with the host country or organization responsible for preparing the event, and developing the theme and agenda. In the past few years the IAPTC has taken account of the fact that some centres deal strictly with military aspects of peacekeeping, some with civilian, some with police, while others have a mixed program. The Annual Conference now includes both a broad multi-disciplinary agenda of interest to all centres as well as more specialized segments for the military, civilian, and police centres.
Since its inception in 1995 some 90 different centres, institutions, organizations, and agencies have participated in the IAPTC’s work. Participants have come from all regions of the world.
The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre provided the original Secretariat of the IAPTC, supporting the host nation or organization of each Annual Conference as required, maintaining a database of participants, providing professional advice in relation to the annual conference themes, and maintaining the IAPTC web site. These duties, as of October 2005, have now been taken over by the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping in New Delhi, India.
The Annual Conference
The aim of the Annual Conference is to provide its members with a forum for discussion of specific topical issues related to peace operations, and to provide a venue for the Association’s Annual General Meeting. There have been thirteen of these to date:
1. 1995 – Inaugural meeting hosted by the PPC in Nova Scotia, Canada
2. 1996 – Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa, Italy
3. 1997 – Foundation for International Studies, Valletta, Malta
4. 1998 – Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway
5. 1999 – Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Canada
6. 2000 – African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, South Africa
7. 2001 – United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
8. 2002 – CAECOPAZ, Buenos Aires, Argentina
9. 2003 – Wertheim Police Academy, Germany
10. 2004 – Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Ghana
11. 2005 – Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping, New Delhi, India
12. 2006- CECOPAZ, Santiago, Chile
13. 2007- Folke Bernadotte Academy, Stockholm, Sweden
14. 2008 – National Defence College, Abuja, Nigeria
15. 2009 – Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police, Sydney, Australia
16. 2010 – Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Trg, Dhaka, Bangladesh
17. 2011 – US Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI), Carlisle, Pennsylvania (USA)
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