UNHCR organizes an annual workshop for its development partnerships officers, which this year will take place on 13 and 14 February. ISSAT is requested to support through delivery of a key note speech at the session dedicated to ‘Leveraging development partners for engagement with National Governments’. The engaging Government session aims at promoting new thinking for UNHCR staff on how to engage refugee protection agencies (often security institutions) and work with them towards more comprehensive refugee responses in which other institutions (ministries of education, health etc.) increase their role in refugee protection matters. This requires significant cultural change on both the side of UNHCR as well as the side of the national institutions. We would like DCAF-ISSAT to launch the session highlighting experience and lessons from security sector reform processes, notably from their experience of support to their Governing Board Members in Guinea-Bissau and Madagascar.
Meeting of the Heads of Justice and Corrections Components of UN Peace Operations (Meeting), in New York
The objective of the Meeting is twofold: (1) to serve as a forum for the heads of justice and corrections to take stock of strategic and operational developments and to exchange best practices on strengthening the impact of justice and corrections components; and (2) to offer senior field personnel, Member States, Headquarters counterparts, and United Nations partners a platform to explore emerging priorities in the rule of law sector and to share views on how justice and corrections components contribute to conflict prevention and peace sustainment in line with the Secretary-General’s vision.
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 contribution to their planned study on the prevention of violent conflict. DCAF, used its subject-matter expertise to contribute knowledge and operational experience of how SSR processes have supported prevention efforts. DCAF provided the UN and the World Bank with a short paper setting out examples and available elements of evidence reflecting opportunities and entry-points for SSR processes to actively contribute to conflict prevention objectives in various contexts. This enabled the UN and the World Bank to present a more comprehensive definition of conflict prevention thus widening the space for various actors to work together from different angles.
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 final report from the World Bank and UN, Pathways for Peace – Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict, 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.