This will be the second DCAF-ISSAT SSR training engagement with the Bangladesh Institute for Peace Support Operations Training (BIPSOT), near Dhaka, the first having taken place in 2015. ISSAT's role is to support the continued development of SSR awareness and understanding for Bangladeshi Officers deploying into UN Peace Support Operations (SSR-PSO).
The primary training objective of the course will be to enhance participants’ knowledge, competence and confidence in understanding SSR in order to enhance both their operational effectiveness and performance when deployed on UN missions. The secondary objective will be to work with the BIPSOT educational team in further developing their BIPSOT trainers’ capacity to independently design and deliver SSR trainings in the future, in particular, to pave the way for potentially running their first Advanced SSR programme in 2018 with ISSAT assistance, and eventually to run their own advanced SSR course independently.
Specifically, the course brings together approximately 30 participants with an inclusive mix of military, police and civilian backgrounds from across the region and who are currently engaged in, or plan to be engaged in international peace support operations. Not only will the course provide the foundations for understanding SSR in the context of Peace Support Operations, but it will also cover topics such as the international policy framework for SSR, conflict mapping, reintegration of combatants, and cross-cutting issues such as gender, governance and coordination.
In 2017, the UN and the World Bank requested DCAF's support in their planned study on the prevention of violent conflict. DCAF, as subject matter experts, contributed its knowledge of how SSR has supported prevention. DCAF provided the UN and the World Bank with a short paper setting out examples and evidence of how SSR has supported the prevention of conflict. This enabled the UN and the World Bank to include examples of how SSR has contributed to prevention in their report.
To access the briefing paper by DCAF-ISSAT, The Contribution and Role of SSR in the Prevention of Violent Conflict, kindly follow the link.
For the preliminary report from the World Bank and UN, Pathways for Peace – Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict : Main Messages and Emerging Policy Directions, kindly follow the link.
UN DPKO’s Criminal Law and Judiciary Advice Service (CLJAS) is keen to develop an online course on the provision of Justice Support in post-conflict and fragile environments. Currently, CLJAS conducts several face-to-face trainings on the subject. It is hoped that the online course will be a cost-effective manner to reach out to a broader audience, while also promoting a common understanding on UN Justice Support.
The aim of the event is to deliberate on what collective actions need to be undertaken by the international community in the short and long-term to help ensure that we develop the enabling conditions to progressively achieve the various security goals and targets as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The debate will also consider how security and justice reform can also make a meaningful contribution to the wider development endeavours and goals as outlined in the SDGs. The event will ultimately help to inform ongoing national and international policy deliberations regarding the various goals while also identify actionable steps that can improve the contributions and relevance of SSR to the wider SDGs agenda.
The informal working breakfast debate on the security development nexus will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations Development Summit which is taking place from 25-27 September 2015. The event will provide an opportunity for leading policymakers to collectively discuss the implications, opportunities, and significance of the landmark decision to integrate security and justice amongst the SDGs.