Japan Partners UNDP to continue support for Peacekeeping Training in EthiopiaMar 25, 2015
Addis Ababa, March 25, 2015-The Government of Ethiopia today signed a USD150 thousand agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to extend the ongoing project support for the Peacekeeping Training at the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre (EIPKTC) since its establishment in 2012.
The USD 150 thousand is provided by Japan, which is channeling the support through UNDP, as it had with the initial USD 790 thousand it provided for 2013-2014. The agreement was signed by UNDP Deputy Country Director Mr. Janvier Wussinu, and Brigadier General Habtamu Tilahun, Commander of the EIPKTC.
“UNDP remains committed to continue supporting Ethiopia to strengthen its national and regional capacities for the conflict prevention and management, resolution of conflicts and human security,” affirmed Mr. Janvier Wussinu.
Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia His Excellency Ambassador Suzuki was present at the signing ceremony and underlined Japan’s commitment to support the center, “It is a great honor for us to support the center not only through finance but also through technical assistance and capacity building.”
UNDP is providing technical and capacity building to the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre in becoming a regional and international center of excellence in training and deploying civilian practitioners in peacekeeping operations of the African Union and the United Nations.
Ethiopia has demonstrated its commitment to promoting peace and security by training middle and senior level military, police, and civilian officers in international peacekeeping operations thereby promoting Peace and Security in the Horn of Africa and on the African continent as a whole.
Brigadier General Habtamu Tilahun, Commander of the Ethiopian International Peacekeeping Training Centre, on his part appreciated the support of UNDP and the Government of Japan for the center and promised that the EIPKTC will play a critical role in bringing peace and security to the continent.
EIPKTC held its first training on Conflict Prevention in October 2014 bringing together students from both Ethiopia and other East African countries. The training has provided the centre with an opportunity to gather valuable inputs and build staff capacity to improve the quality of the training and enhance the capacity of peace support operations practitioners on conflict prevention skills.
Major Tilahun Hantal, an instructor at the EIPKTC, is one of the trainees that went through the conflict prevention training back in October and notes that, “The training was extraordinarily in that renowned experts on the field gave the training while sharing their international experiences. It improved my knowledge on conflict analysis, prevention and enabled me to learn new technical skills in minimizing possible new conflicts.”
The EIPKTC will formally inaugurate its building this year and has also finished all the preparations to hold its next training on Conflict Management course in May 2015.
Ethiopia’s ever growing role in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations is reflected in the country ranking as the fourth largest contributor of troops to peacekeeping operations in the world, and the number one contributor to peacekeeping operations (PKOs) among all African countries. So far, the country has contributed 7858 peacekeepers for the UN and AU peace-keeping mission in Africa.