The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres
The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC) is an open and voluntary association of centers, institutions, and programs dealing with peace operations research, education, and training. It was an initiative 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 and education for peace operations of all types, including crisis management operations. It is intended to broaden contacts between various international organizations, peacekeeping training centers and institutions, government agencies and officials responsible for such training and education, academics, and other interested groups, leading to more effective peace and crisis management operations.
The principal activity of the IAPTC is an Annual Conference, hosted geographically in a different region each year and developed and managed by a volunteer, geographically balanced (and for the most part rotational), Executive Committee. The Presidency rotates annually and is automatically assumed by the Host of the past year‘s conference.
The IAPTC offers participants a forum for discussions relating to training without their having to deal with and represent national interests and policies (and sometimes restrictions). It is an opportunity for participants to hear presentations from experienced individuals, to share ideas and experiences with colleagues through discussions in functional, multifunctional and regional groups, to learn about the latest education and training innovations and members’ programs, and to meet informally on the margins with fellow trainers from around the world to compare notes and approaches to common challenges and further develop bilateral and multilateral relationships.
As a loose and informal association of volunteer organizations and individuals the IAPTC is neither a UN nor NATO organisation, although NATO was one of the founding members and the UN now participates regularly in the planning and conduct of the annual conferences. The IAPTC welcomes the participation and contributions, not only of national training and education centres, officials and academics, but also NATO, the UN, UN Agencies, AU, EU, OSCE and other international and regional organizations, in its annual conferences, and all have participated in the past and normally contribute on an annual basis.
Since its inception in 1995 more than 100 different centers, institutions, organizations, and agencies have participated in the IAPTC’s work. Participants to date have come from some 83 countries, representing all regions of the world. Current participation in the IAPTC annual conference ranges from 150-200 individuals. The membership is simple – it comprises those who participate in the annual conference, and there is no funding – it is a pay-as-you-go activity.
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”
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. From October 2005 until 2016 the Secretariat responsibilities were assumed by the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping in New Delhi, India. Commencing in late 2016 the Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping (CCCPA) assumes responsibility for the IAPTC Secretariat.
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 twenty 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)
18. 2012 – The Crisis Management Centre (CMC Finland), Helsinki, Finland
19. 2013 – The Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT), Bangladesh
20. 2014 – Indonesia National Defense Forces Peacekeeping Centre (INDFPKC) , Jakarta, Indonesia.
21. 2015 –, Brazilian Peacekeeping Operations Joint Center (CCOPAB). Brazilia, Brazil.
22. 2016 – Bosnian Peace Support Operations Training Center, (PSOTC), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Interested in joining or learning more?
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