The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres was founded in Canada in July 2, 1995, at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre. In October 2005, the responsibility for the Secretariat was transferred to the Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi. The aim of the Association is to facilitate communication and exchange of information between peacekeeping and other related training centres and/or among people responsible for, and interested in, peacekeeping training. Peacekeeping Trainers and Educators use this information to avoid problems already encountered by others, promote well-tested practices, and provide information or offer services to those countries that do not have training centres. It is hoped that this exchange of information will allow centres to minimize duplication in their efforts, and lead to further specialization and sharing of responsibilities.
The purpose of the annual conference was to offer stakeholders involved in training for peacekeeping operations a forum to broaden contact and discussions, to share ideas and experiences, good practices and lessons learned, with the view to harmonizing training programmes in alignment with evolving contemporary trends and threats.
The theme for the 2018 conference was on ‘Innovative Capacity Building for Effective Peace Operations’.