Source: British High Commission Accra |

United Kingdom and Ghana Defence Cooperation - Strategic Leadership Programme

The UK Defence Academy, in partnership with Cranfield University and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) delivered the 2017 iteration of the UK’s Strategic Leadership Programme in Accra

On 8 Dec 17, the UK Defence Academy, in partnership with Cranfield University and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), completed delivery of the 2017 iteration of the UK’s Strategic Leadership Programme in Accra. The course, enabled by the UK’s Defence Adviser to Ghana, Lt. Col. Simon Westlake…

Source: High Commission of India, Nairobi, Kenya |

Visit of Senior Indian Defence Delegation to Kenya

Both sides identified several areas of cooperation and agreed to further enhance bilateral defence ties

A 3-member defence delegation led by Mr. Sanjay Mitra, Defence Secretary of India is visiting Kenya on 11-12 January 2018 to discuss issues of bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries. This is the first-ever visit to Kenya by India’s Defence Secretary in recent decades. The Indian delegation held talks with the Cabinet…

Source: U.S. Embassy - Cairo |

U.S. and Egypt Hold Military Cooperation Committee Meeting

The two nations further strengthened the strategic partnership between our two militaries, and defined the priorities for facing mutual security challenges, such as the threat of terrorism and violent extremism

Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD) for International Security Affairs Robert Karem joined Air Marshal Younis al Masri, Chief of the Egyptian Air Force, in cohosting the Military Cooperation Committee (MCC) meeting on January 8-9. The MCC, which meets annually, is the premier bilateral forum for planning and coordinating security cooperation strategy between the…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Successful completion of destruction, in Germany, of the remnants of Libya’s chemical weapons programme

Joint press release of the Federal Ministry of Defense and the Federal Foreign Office

Since September 2016, Germany has helped to destroy the last stockpiles of chemicals from Libya’s former chemical weapons programme. Some 500 tonnes of dangerous dual-use chemicals were successfully destroyed in an environmentally safe manner over the past months, through a complicated procedure and under the supervision of the Organisation for the Prohibition of…

Source: Kingdom of Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation |

Minister Reynders condemns the use of violence by security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly condemns the use of violence by the Congolese security forces

Last Sunday, a large number of Congolese citizens suffered a brutal crackdown in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma... while they only wished to gather peacefully and pray.   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders strongly condemns the use of violence by the Congolese security forces, the interruption of…

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) |

A new momentum in protecting Malian cultural heritage

UNESCO national office in Mali organized a training workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and MINUSMA on 25-27 October 2017 at à l’Ecole de Maintien de la Paix in Bamako

Since October 2013, UNESCO has trained 4000 military workforces deployed in Mali. In 2016 and for the first time since the 2012 crisis, this awareness-raising activity expanded to the Malian armed forces and security forces to discuss and promote their role in the protection of cultural heritage and the integration…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Chief thanks Nigerian peacekeepers for their long service in Liberia

UNMIL’s mandate will conclude on 30 March 2018

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Farid Zarif, praised Nigerian peacekeepers for their long service in the country, during an interview with the UN’s Department of Public Information in New York last week.   According to SRSG Zarif, UNMIL’s…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

UN completes third training on Small Arms and Light Weapons risk awareness and control measures for Libyan women

They were trained on how to conduct surveys and interviews, participate in debates and deliver a presentation

On 15 December, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), in partnership with UN Women and UNSMIL/Security Institutions Division, completed the third and last workshop of the new phase of its project on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) risk awareness in Libya, kindly supported by the Government of Italy. …

Source: Nigerian Army |

No United Nations Staff Killed in Maula Encounter with Insurgents

The situation has been brought under control and and further exploitation of the general area is currently being carried out by Mobile strike Team of Operation Lafiya Dole

Contrary to the information currently making the rounds in a section of the media that four United Nations staff had been killed and four trucks conveying food for internally displaced persons were carted away, the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to state that the report grossly misrepresents the true…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) to Request State Security Minister and State Security Agency Director-General to Appear in Relation to Vetting of Supply Chain Personnel in State Organs

Scopa has requested Transnet to supply a list of all current forensic investigations and the reports of these investigations as soon as they are available

The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has resolved to request the Minister of Planning and Monitoring, Mr Jeff Radebe, the Minister of State Security, Adv Bongani Bongo, and the Director-General of the State Security Agency (SSA) to brief the Committee on the vetting of supply chain management personnel across…