The International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) is an open and voluntary association of centres, institutions, and programs dealing with peace operations research, education, and training. It was initiated by Canada's Pearson Peacekeeping Center (PPC) in 1995.
The IAPTC promotes better understanding of peacekeeping, its goals and objectives, and of the methods used in training for peace operations of all types. It is intended to broaden contacts between various international organizations, peacekeeping training centres and institutions, universities, and other interested groups, leading to more effective peace operations.
The IAPTC offers peacekeeping training centre personnel a forum for discussions relating to training without their having to deal with national interests (and sometimes restrictions). Each year, there is an Annual Conference with the host country or organization responsible for preparing the event, and developing the theme and agenda. In the past few years the IAPTC has taken account of the fact that some centres deal strictly with military aspects of peacekeeping, some with civilian, some with police, while others have a mixed program. The Annual Conference now includes both a broad multi-disciplinary agenda of interest to all centres as well as more specialized segments for the military, civilian, and police centres.
Since its inception in 1995 some 90 different centres, institutions, organizations, and agencies have participated in the IAPTC's work. Participants have come from all regions of the world.
As of October 2005, the IAPTC secretariat has been taken over by Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping, New Delhi, India.
The objectives of the Association are:
IAPTC activities are normally limited to an annual conference. Each year the annual conference is held at a different location. Education and Training Institutions (police, military and joint/civilian) from different countries volunteer to host and the hosting is done on a rotational basis by continents.
In the early days the annual conferences were limited to exchanges of information on education and training programs and developments. Over the years the annual conference has evolved in a number of ways. For example, it now includes a seminar portion with a topical theme. There is also an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual concern within professional groups – military, police and civilian. Moreover, the IAPTC program considers training issues of common concern, in multifunctional groups. In addition, there are ample possibilities to exchange information on education and training practices, policies and methodologies amongst the many institutions participating.
The Ideas Bazaar, initiated in 2005, is a half day event where institutions and individuals are able to present new ideas, learning methodologies, best practices, and innovative tools and procedures in the field of peace operations education and training. A second purpose of the Ideas Bazaar is to provide a forum whereby individual institutions and organisations are able to inform conference participants about their capabilities, programs and opportunities.
Participation in the annual conference of the IAPTC is open to representatives of Peacekeeping Training Centres, Multifunctional Education and Training Institutions, Police Academies, Research Institutions, Academia interested in peace operations, and officials in government, international organisations, regional organisations and non-governmental organisations responsible for, or interested in, peace operations education and training. Those attending the annual conference comprise the membership for that year and are entitled to participate in the Association’s annual general meeting, normally held on the last day of the annual conference. The annual general meeting deals with the business of the IAPTC and develops guidance for the future of the Association and for upcoming annual conferences.
There is no membership fee to belong to the association. The countries and institutions hosting the annual conference strive to keep conference fees and accommodation and meals costs to a minimum, and in many cases these costs are partially subsidised by the host. Costs for attending are therefore normally borne by those participating.
The IAPTC is managed by an Executive Committee and the annual conference is organised by this committee. Members of this committee generally participate from 1 to 3 years and it comprises a president (from the host institution of the past year), the outgoing president, the host, the future host, the secretariat and the 3 annually elected chair persons of the organisations’ functional groups (police, military and civilian).
In keeping with the principle of geographic rotation by continents the 2015 conference will be held at CCOPAB, Brazilia, Brazil. It will be hosted by Brazil Army Land Operations Command. The 2016 conference will be held at PSOTC, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH).
Other more detailed, and regularly updated, information is available on the IAPTC web site. (www.iaptc.org) and/or contact Director CUNPK ([email protected]) (91 11 26152711) or IAPTC Secretariat at [email protected]
The 21st IAPTC annual conference 2015 will be held at CCOPAB, Brazilia, Brazil in 28 September - 02 October 2015. The theme of the conference will be notified shortly.