Acting in its capacity as the Secretariat of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), CCCPA participated in the Association’s Executive Committee meeting, held virtually from 5-7 July 2021. The meeting aimed to set the strategic plan for the coming year and discuss the overall management of the Association. As the Secretariat, CCCPA delivered a presentation about the progress of work and future plans to further support and strengthen the Association. Discussions also focused on the theme of the 26th annual conference, to be held virtually, its agenda and the program.
The members of the committee who attended the meeting include representatives from the following institutions: the Peruvian Peacekeeping Training Center (CECOPAZ) – current IAPTC President; CCCPA, Egypt – current Secretariat; Lt. Col. Syd Lewes (New Zealand) – past IAPTC President; Lt. Col. Ambrose Scots (IPSTC – Kenya) – Host Designate; Mark Pederson, Chief, Integrated Training Service, DPO; Jonas Alberoth (Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden) – Chair of the Consolidation and Development Committee; Col. Mustafizur Rahman – Military Chair; Brig. Gen. Giovani Pietro Barbano (Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units, Italy) – Police Chair; Gustavo de Carvalho (Institute for Security Studies, South Africa) – Civilian Chair; Dr. Illana Lacaster (United States Institute of Peace, United States of America) – Pedagogical Chair; Mr. David Lightburn, honorary member; Roberto Gil, Presidency Advisor.
The IAPTC is a voluntary association for centres and institutions working in the domain of peacekeeping research and training. It was established in 1995 to facilitate communication and exchange of experiences among global training centres. The objectives of the association include: disseminating UN training standards to advocate for their implementation, educating participants about peace operations and policymaking, identifying emerging training requirements relevant to policy matters, and exchanging experiences among training institutions and their training methodologies. Other objectives include promoting gender mainstreaming in peace operations and encouraging different institutions and organizations to reach a mutual understanding among military, police, and civilian components in peacekeeping operations.