ISSAT facilitated a dialogue for EU member states and expert community to discuss how to support the new EU wide strategic framework implementation which was endorsed on 14th November by the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). In working sessions MS discussed the possibilities to strengthen coordination and cooperation from their perspective in order to pursue comprehensive approach and more coherent SSR engagement. In the second session MS discussed the risks of SSR engagement, which will feed the elaboration of risk assessment methodology, as a concrete action for implementation of the SSR framework.
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.
Support to NL-Slovakia to support the EU in the development of an integrated EU SSR policy framework
Within the framework of the revision process of the EU SSR policy, the aim of this mandate was to support the Netherlands and Slovakia to organise a series of workshops and seminars together with the EU institutions (the European External Action Service, the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, and the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations).These consultations were used to allow an exchange of views on SSR, the main challenges and current trends around the world and across organisations.
- Expert advice to the content development of the meetings;
- Expert advice and input to the meetings, either through facilitating panels or as speakers;
- Support to the development of concept notes for the events;
- Support to the development of outcome documents, used to feed in the EU reflection on the new policy.
The training brought together approximately 25 participants from across government Ministries from Visegrad 4 (V4) countries and Ukraine. Topics covered in the training included: governance and SSR, police/ justice reform, the role of non-state actors etc. The training was based on practical case studies and interactive exercises. Special focus was paid to the Ukraine crisis. Participants were also invited to share their experiences throughout the training.