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New York: Ghana at forefront of peacekeeping in Africa conference

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By Theodora Amedetor.

Ghana has been one of the top ten contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, for more than two decades, and has been at the forefront of efforts to strengthen the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations.

In addition to its unwavering commitment to deploying the required capabilities to UN peacekeeping operations, she continues to play an active role in policy debates on global peacekeeping.

Hence, the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, KAIPTC, one of ECOWAS’s Training Centres of Excellence, and mandated to provide research, training, policy interventions and education on peace and security, in partnership with the Permanent Missions of Ghana, the United Kingdom and Norway to the United Nations, together with the International Peace Institute (IPI) and Wilton Park have convened a one-day conference on peace and security in Africa.

The conference, themed; “Peacekeeping in Africa: Fostering Partnerships and Synergies” is being held at the UN Headquarters, in New York.

Amongst the speakers are: Major General Francis Ofori, Commandant of KAIPTC, H.E. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping, United Nations, Dr. Robert Grant, Wilton Park, Dr. Kwesi Aning, Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, KAIPTC, H.E. Fatima Mohammed, AU Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, Col. Ollo Alain Pale, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Dr. Emma Birikorang, Deputy Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, KAIPTC.

Discussions will focus on advancing lasting political solutions, strengthening the impact of peacekeeping on sustaining peace, improving peacekeeping partnerships, strengthening performance and accountability and implementing the women, peace and security agenda.

It is to support the shared commitment to address the challenges facing peacekeeping, focussing on the African Continent, and to build political momentum between partners.

For details, please follow the LIVE conference directly at: http://webtv.un.org from 15.00PM (GMT-0).

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