ISSAT has been requested by the Irish Defence Forces to support a workshop which aims at evaluating the role of the Defence Forces in supporting SSR and at considering future options for the Defence Forces and its national partners.
This workshop is organised in response to the recent adoption by the UN General Assembly of UNSCR 2151 on the national ownership of SSR processes, and the ongoing contribution of the Irish Defence Forces personnel to SSR programmes in Kosovo (KFOR), Mali (EUTM) and Uganda (EUTM Somalia).
In keeping with the principles of SSR, the workshop is structured to capture perspectives from across the SSR spectrum and therefore bring together civilian and military practitioners and analysts with experience of governance, rule of law, police reform, defence reform, justice reform, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration from across the Irish government.
This seminar will bring together experience and lessons from international support to security and justice reform including from sub-Saharan Africa, South Eastern Europe. It will include examples from UN, EU, as well as bilateral development assistance programmes.
The audience for this seminar would be staff from across government engaged in providing assistance to UN and EU field missions, working on countries affected by conflict and insecurity, including the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Defence, the Irish Military College and An Garda Síochana (Ireland's National Police Service).
Ireland has requested assistance from DCAF/ISSAT to support a series of training, outreach and advocacy activities with the Japanese government and non-governmental organisations on SSR capacity building and awareness.
The events include support as a facilitator for the “Programme for Human Resource Development in Asia for Peacebuilding,” an initiative by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to enhance capacities for peacebuilding in Asia. In addition seminary will be hosted by the National Institute for Defense Studies and the Japanese Peacekeeping Training Centre on SSR
This is part of a larger project supported by Irish Aid which includes the translation of 20 key Timorese security sector laws into Tetun the lingua franca of Timor-Leste. The translated text will enable access to and understanding of security sector legislation by a broader segment of the population, thus enabling a strong democratic dialogue around security sector development.
In order to maximize the benefits of the translation, Irish Aid is working with a local NGO Fundasaun Mahein to conduct training for civil society actors on using security sector legislation. ISSAT was requested to provide support through the provision of one advisor to the process with SSR experience and a good knowledge of Timor Leste.