The Mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs is to advance Ireland's political and economic interests in the European Union and in the wider world, to promote Ireland's contribution to international peace, security and development both through the European Union and through active participation in international organisations, in particular the United Nations, to protect our citizens abroad, and to pursue reconciliation and partnership on the island of Ireland.
The Norwegian and Irish governments requested ISSAT’s support in the organisation of a Security Sector Reform training for civil society organisations in Timor Leste. In collaboration with a local partner -Fundasaun Mahein - ISSAT conducted a three-day training programme in Dili, Timor Leste in late September. The training brought together civil society representatives from Timor Leste and the broader South-East Asian region.
Overall objectives of the training programme included:
The target audience for the training were Timorese civil society organisations and personnel with direct and indirect involvement in security sector development.
Ireland requested assistance from ISSAT to run a 1 day training course on SSR at the Senior Specialists Course at the Government Peace Building Centre (PBC) in Hiroshima, Japan.
The course aimed to develop capacity, knowledge and coherence in SSR, and to help participants to better understand the concept and evolution of SSR, including actors, concepts and principles, as well as develop the basic skills required to facilitate a “whole-of- government approach” to SSR. The Course was targeted at mid-career private and public sector individuals whose experience may be applied in the field of peace-building.
Ireland requested assistance from the DCAF/ISSAT to support a series of outreach and advocacy activities with the Japanese government and non-governmental organisations on SSR capacity building and awareness.
The events included participation at an SSR workshop, a presentation on South Sudan to the National Institute for Defence Studies, and support to a cross-government/non-governmental study group on SSR.