UNDP and CCCPA sign a project to improve Peace and Stability in Africa

21 May 2014

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP signed today the second phase of support to the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), funded by the Government of Japan.  The project document was signed by UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Anita Nirody; Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for International Cooperation for Development Ambassador Omar Abou Aich, Director of the CCCPA Counsellor Ashraf Swelam.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nabil Fahmy, the Ambassador of Japan to Egypt Mr. Toshiro Suzuki and  African Ambassadors to Egypt whose countries will benefit from the project witnessed the ceremony.

This new phase of the collaboration between CCCPA, UNDP and the Government of Japan  focuses on strengthening the capacities of national institutions in Egypt and African Countries in crisis management, border management, peace-building and peace-keeping with the overall objective of  improving peace and stability in North Africa, the Sahel & Sahara and Great Lakes regions

In his remarks, Minister Nabil Fahmy considered the project “a milestone in Egyptian-Japanese cooperation to achieve peace, security and stability in Africa and a continuation of the fruitful partnership between Egypt and the UNDP”. Fahmy invited African ambassadors to make full use of CCCPA activities, as well as the newly founded Egyptian Development Agency. The Minister expressed his confidence that the project will “contribute significantly to addressing the interrelated issues of security, stability and development in Africa“.

Ms. Anita Nirody, acknowledged the excellent partnership between UNDP and CCCPA and its important results and stated:   “This project has in its initial phase built  the capacities of 2,400 civilians, military and police personnel from various African countries in  the field  of peacekeeping . Women were included across trainings on Peace-keeping and Peacebuilding operations, Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management reaching 25% of trainees in 2013. CCCPA is now recognized as an international and regional centre of excellence and we are excited to continue our cooperation.  For UNDP, this project is a good example of South-South cooperation”.

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