KAIPTC Launches KAPS 3rd Edition

A cross section of some dignitaries at the launch


The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), in collaboration with the governments of Norway and Germany, has launched the third edition of the Kofi Annan Peace and Security Forum (KAPS) in Accra.

The forum, which will be held in Accra from Tuesday, February 27 to Wednesday, February 28, 2024, will provide the platform for delegates and participants to explore approaches in addressing migration related conflicts through effective policies and peace building mechanisms in the region.

Reports indicate that migration remains a global issue with significant societal implications. It is said that in 2021 alone, the United Nations (UN) reported 2,000 deaths or disappearances of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe.

KAPS 2024, therefore, seeks to tackle these challenges featuring broad thematic discussions on migration, sustainable development, conflicts and societal resilience.

The forum will be held on the theme, “Migration and Societal Resilience in a multi-polar World Order: Addressing Conflict and Peace Building in Africa.” It is also expected to bring together over 200 delegates, including former African Heads of State, government officials and diplomats.

Others include representatives from the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Speaking at the launch, the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, Maj. General Richard Addo Gyane, said it was imperative for African countries to address the complex link between migration and security given the ‘political tremors’ across the continent as the world order changes.

He also explained that the shift coupled with recent crises in Africa, Europe and the Middle East pushes migration to new heights.

He further cited examples of how unemployment, lack of access to basic necessities, corruption,  human rights abuses among others influence young people to seek opportunities abroad.

He said the forum would therefore convene heads of immigration from various countries who will offer their unique policy insights on migration and security.

Among some of the dignitaries expected to grace the third edition of the forum include President Akufo-Addo, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, African Union High Representative for Silencing the Guns.

By Ebenezer K. Amponsah