The objective of the mandate is to develop and run a face-to-face training course on SSR and VE in French and in English, with the expectation that these would then be run on a yearly basis (one of each), potentially in field locations in order to maximise their accessibility for practitioners.
The anticipated outcomes of the development and delivery of the SSR and VE trainings are:
- 1. Enhanced implementation of VE-related activities within broader SSR contexts;
- 2. Enhanced understanding, competence and effectiveness of staff engaged in wider VE-related and SSR-related programming;
- 3. Personnel more effectively able to engage with local, national, regional and international actors and relevant good practice in supporting SSR and VE-related SSR activities;
- 4. Contribution to a coherent and operationally focused continuous professional development approach for military, police and civilian personnel engaged in SSR and VE-related activity;
In practical terms, increasing the capacity and capability of relevant staff in these fields, will improve the quality and relevance of specialist SSR training, which in turn will lead to more effective technical programming, support and implementation of preventative programmes in region.
In its ambition to pursue solutions for refugees and other people of concern (PoC), the UNHCR recognises that it must have an understanding of the legal contexts in which it operates and how these legal contexts and the presence or absence of rule of law can influence that solutions may be available to UNCHR PoC, how and where. A forthcoming workshop will focus on these matters. The facilitator, with this type of expertise, will guide participants through a process of analysis to articulate the impact of rule of law on achieving solutions.
The Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) is an inclusive, state-led network created in March 2013 by States and NGOs joining together to engage in the prevention of atrocities.
The meetings organized by GAAMAC provide a platform for exchange, dialogue and dissemination of learning and good practice in prevention. GAAMAC supports States in building their capacities to prevent mass atrocity crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and ethnic cleansing), as well as, in developing and implementing national prevention strategies. It serves as a space for exchange and sharing among different communities of practice and stakeholders.
The objective of GAAMAC II is to convene representatives of interested governments, regional organizations, NGOs, and relevant UN offices to discuss and identify the challenges and ways to develop national architectures and policies for the prevention of atrocity, and to strengthen the capacities and strategies of states and governmental organizations in this field. This meeting is organized jointly by the Governments of the Philippines, as a host country, and Switzerland, current chair of GAAMAC, as mandated by the GAAMAC Steering Group1.
The Dealing with the Past Course is designed to train professionals from governmental and multilateral institutions as well as from national and international non-governmental organizations, working in countries or regions which are confronted with a legacy of massive human rights abuse.
The course will bring together approximately 25 participants who wish to develop key skills and competencies for future field deployment in Peace Support Operations. The target audience includes military personnel from various countries (in past years e.g. Switzerland, Thailand, China, Jordan, Algeria, Serbia and Kazakhstan).