Improving Peacekeepers’ Response Capacities to Terrorism

Jul 4, 2018

UN Peacekeepers. Photo Credit: UN Photo/Clara Padovan

The United Nations Development Programme in Ghana in collaboration with the Government of Japan and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) launched a project entitled “Improving Response Capacities to Terrorism in Peacekeeping Theatres in Africa”.

The project is being implemented by KAIPTC for eight (8) countries in West Africa who contribute police and military to the United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa and around the world. The participating countries are Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea.

The project activities include consultations with senior officials of the participating countries, field data gathering, and design of a guide to improve terrorism related pre-deployment training given to peacekeepers.

Additionally, the project will train 90 personnel from the training units of the security agencies in three separate training sessions to be organized in Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.

Launching the project, Ms. Christine Evans Klock, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ghana noted that the project will help improve the capacity of UN peacekeepers on how to carry out their critical responsibilities under the growing threats of terrorism and how best to protect themselves in hostile areas. The Ambassador of Japan to Ghana, H.E. Tsutomo Himeno, emphasized the importance of the project to Japan especially as it fits into the broader framework within which Japan supports Africa.

UNDP-DG_2018_Peace_TerrorismParticipants at the launch of the project. From the extreme right is Ms. Gita Welch, UNDP Country Director, H.E. Mr. Tsutomu Himeno, Japan Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Christine Evans – Klock, UN Resident Coordinator, and AVM. Griffiths S. Evans, KAIPTC Commandant

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