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UN moves global peacekeeping conference to Ghana

Ghana will be hosting over 600 delegates at the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference from 5 to 6 December 2023

The United Nations has chosen Accra, Ghana, as the venue for the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference, marking the first time the event is hosted on the African continent.

The Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul shared details during a press briefing on Sunday (3 December),  underscoring the significance of this global conference set to take place from 5 to 6 December 2023.

“The decision to move the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference to Accra is a testament to Ghana’s growing role in international peacekeeping efforts,” Nitiwul said.

Ghana, currently serving as the chair of the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping, will welcome foreign and defense ministers, heads of international organisations, academia, social partners, civil society organisations, and journalists from across the globe. Nitiwul said that the conference, second only to the yearly General Assembly meeting in New York, is a pivotal event for the United Nations.

With an expected attendance of 80 to 100 member states and over 600 registered delegates, the conference will delve into critical themes such as the role of women in peacekeeping, protection of civilians, mental health of peacekeepers, safety and security, and strategic communications.

“As a country that has surpassed UN targets for the inclusion of women in peacekeeping operations, Ghana is honoured to initiate further discussions on this vital issue,” he said.

The two-day event will kick off with a welcome reception at the Accra International Conference Centre, featuring side meetings on “women in peacekeeping” and “environmental aspects of peacekeeping,” organised in collaboration with Sweden and the US, respectively.

On the second day,  Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia will address the main conference, followed by panel sessions on the selected themes. A digital exhibition highlighting Africa’s role in the UN Peacekeeping Enterprise will be a prominent feature.

According to Nitiwul, Ghana is committed to leverage the conference as an opportunity to establish bilateral and multilateral partnerships. He concluded by emphasising the critical importance of the conference, not only to Ghana but to the entire African continent.

 

 

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