Recent News
Oct 20, 2016
Brussels, Belgium - CCCPA participated in NATO’s Partnership Training and Education Centers (PTEC) 2016 Marketplace on 19 October 2016.    Vice Admiral Ignacio Horcada, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) Representative of Europe, opened the event. He stressed the importance of the PTEC community in exchanging information and best practices on training for peace, and highlighted the expanding membership in the community. Following the inauguration, Horcada visited CCCPA's booth where he expressed his appreciation of the wide range of training and research conducted by the center.    On his part, ...more
Oct 09, 2016 - Oct 19, 2016
Cairo, Egypt - CCCPA is hosting the United Nations Global Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Core Pre-deployment Training Materials (CPTM) from 9-19 October 2016. The pilot training is being conducted by the UN Integrated Training Service (ITS) and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The training aims to familiarize peacekeeping trainers from Member States with the new CPTM, which is being used for the first time. It brings together 34 civilian, military and police personnel from 24 top troop and police-contributing countries. Delivering the keynote speech on behalf of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, was ...more
Sep 08, 2016
Cairo, Egypt – The 14th APSTA (African Peace Support Trainers Association) conference and general meeting was held in Cairo, Egypt from 5-7 September 2016. The event was jointly organized by CCCPA and the APSTA Secretariat. The conference, themed “Achieving the Objectives of the APSA Roadmap 2016 2020: The Foundations of Training, Education and Learning,” was chaired by Counselor Ashraf Swelam, in his capacity as APSTA President and CCCPA Director.  The conference brought together representatives from the African Union, the United Nations as well as APSTA partners and member organizations. H.E. Ambassador Hesham ...more
Jul 21, 2016
Cairo, Egypt - CCCPA hosted Masahisa Sato, chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Commission of Japan's House of Councilors on 21 July 2016, during his official visit to Cairo. Sato, also one of the leaders of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, was provided with an overview of the Center’s various activities. Special emphasis was placed on the importance of the current Egyptian-Japanese cooperation in addressing the pressing challenges of peace and security in Africa – given that both countries are currently non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the 2016-2017 term. CCCPA has been the recipient of ...more
Jul 15, 2016
Cairo, Egypt - In preparation for the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), CCCPA organized a workshop on 13-14 July 2016, entitled “On the Road to Nairobi: Partnerships in Training and Capacity Building in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding”. The workshop comes as part of CCCPA’s contribution to the implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan (2013-2017), with particular emphasis on Pillar VI of the action plan aimed at promoting peace, security and stability in Africa. The event brought together directors and representatives of African peacekeeping training centers and think thanks, as ...more
Jul 11, 2016 - Jul 13, 2016
Cairo, Egypt - CCCPA held a tabletop exercise (TTX) on mainstreaming gender in peacekeeping and peacebuilding from 11-13 July 2016. A first-of-its-kind in the Arab world and North Africa, the exercise aimed to provide participants with a realistic experience on peacekeeping and peacebuilding.  The simulation-based exercise comprised three scenarios that were developed by CCCPA to address a variety of issues pertaining to mainstreaming gender in peacekeeping and peacebuilding, namely, countering sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping missions, countering conflict-related sexual violence, and management of election processes ...more
Jun 07, 2016
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - CCCPA participated in the 'Second Ministerial Meeting and Third Senior Officials Meeting of the African Union - Horn of Africa Initiative on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants', held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 2-4 June 2016. The meeting came in the context of assessing country efforts to implement the recommendations of the Valetta Summit held in November 2015, and to prepare the groundwork for the Valetta Summit mid-term review consultative meeting. During the Sharm El-Sheikh meetings, CCCPA presented its work in the field of building capacities on combating human trafficking and smuggling of ...more
May 29, 2016
Cairo, Egypt - On the occasion of the visit of the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mogens Lyketofft, CCCPA organized a roundtable discussion entitled “The UN at Crossroads”, on 28 May 2016. The roundtable saw the participation of a group of politicians, diplomats, prominent intellectuals and opinion leaders. Issues addressed included the reform of the UN Security Council, the revitalization of the UNGA, multi-polarity vs. multilateralism, the Middle East Peace Process and the current humanitarian crises. The discussion also touched upon the selection process of the new UN Secretary General. The roundtable ...more
May 27, 2016
Accra, Ghana – CCCPA will host the 13th Annual Meeting of the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Training Group (IDDRTG) in Cairo next year. The unanimous decision was taken during the 12th Annual Meeting held in Accra from 25 to 27 May 2016. CCCPA has also been chosen to co-chair for one year and will then chair for a 2nd year. The Accra meeting was attended by participants representing several members of the Group, including the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UNDPKO), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), Swedish Armed ...more
May 22, 2016
Sarajevo, Bosnia - CCCPA has unanimously been chosen as the next secretariat of the International Association for Peacekeeping Training Centers (IAPTC), effective as of 1 January 2017. The IAPTC Executive Committee announced its decision during the last meeting held in Sarajevo from 16-19 May 2016. CCCPA will be the third center to assume the role of IAPTC Secretariat since the Association’s establishment in 1995, following the Pearson Center (Canada) and the Center for United Nations Peacekeeping of India (CUNPK). This is the first time that a center from Africa or the Arab World has been selected for this role. The IAPTC ...more
May 12, 2016
New York, US - Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry hosted an informal Ministerial Breakfast during his latest visit to New York. The event, co-organized by the Egyptian Permanent Mission in New York and CCCPA, was held under the title “The Future of UN Peace & Security Architecture: A Continuum of Response Through Different Stages of Conflict”. The breakfast, moderated by Ian Martin, brought together forty Foreign Ministers and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations, in addition to the President of the General Assembly, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN ...more
May 10, 2016
New York, 10-11 May 2016 – CCCPA is participating in the High-Level Thematic Debate (HLTD) organized by Mogens Lykettoft, President of the General Assembly (PGA), entitled “In a World of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace”.   CCCPA was invited by the PGA to brief the HLTD on key messages emerging from regional meetings previously organized around the world in preparation for the debate. CCCPA will be joined by NUPI (Norway), ACCORD (South Africa) and Igarape (Brazil) on this endeavor. Accordingly, the three organizations have come together to produce a related policy brief.   H.E. Amre Moussa, Chairman of ...more
Training Activities
Oct 25, 2016 - Oct 27, 2016
CCCPA, in partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EMFA), will host the 7th High-Level African Union Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability from 25-27 October 2016, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.  The 2016 Retreat entitled ‘Mediation Practices and Contemporary Wars’, will bring together more than 100 senior officials, peace envoys and mediators in Africa, representing the African Union and the United Nations as well as other regional organizations and countries concerned with peace and security issues on the continent.    The annual ...more
Nov 06, 2016 - Nov 10, 2016
This training will target mid-career officials from African states with the aim of capacitating them on the different aspects of combating human trafficking and illegal ...more
Nov 28, 2016 - Nov 29, 2016
CCCPA will organize the first Arab and African United Nations Military Unit Manuals (UNMUM) Seminar on 28 and 29 November 2016, in partnership with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Office of Military Affairs (OMA). The seminar will bring together Arab-African Joint Staff (J3, J5 etc…), peacekeeping centers' staff, Training and Force Generation related staff, representatives from Arab and African ministries of defense, and IAPTC and APSTA member ...more
Recent Publications
Policy Brief 5
Setting the Stage for the UNGA’s High-Level Thematic Debate on UN, Peace and Security: Reflections and Key Messages from Regional Meetings, May 2016
Cairo Occasional Papers 1
What Do U.S. Mid-Term Elections Mean For Africa?
Policy Brief 4
The UN Peacebuilding Architecture 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned and The Way Forward
Policy Brief 3
The Role of RECc in Peacebuilding in Africa Past Experience & The Way Forward
Recent Interviews
Mar 01, 2016
CCCPA Director Ashraf Swelam interviews H.E. El Ghassim Wane, Assistant UN Secretary-General for Peace Operations the High-Level Workshop on “Arab Perspectives on the Future of the UN Peace and Security Architecture” in Cairo on 1-2 March 2016. The interview discusses Wane's move from the African Union (AU) to the UN, the first orders of business of his new position, the future of UN-AU cooperation, and the prospects for cooperation between the UN, AU and the League of Arab
Nov 25, 2014
On the margin of the Cairo International Workshop on "Regional Aspects of Peacebuilding: Identifying Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities", held on November 24-25, CCCPA Director Ashraf Swelam sat down with H.E. Parfait Onanga, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of the UN Office in
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