Accra – The UN system in Ghana marked this year’s International Peace Day with the award of certificates to some 76 members of the Police Service and the Electoral Commission from 17 African countries. The participants had attended a 5- day training aimed at building peace and intermediate roles. The course provided participants the opportunity to appreciate the complexities of the challenges of conflicts in Africa plus the capacity and expertise to respond to these conflicts.
The Executive Director of West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) Mr. Emmanuel Bombade, said Africa can experience real peace if governments will institutionalise the celebration of peace at the international level and partner civil society groups in the area of peace building.
The UNDP Country Director, Dr. Kamil K. Kamaluddeen, on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, advised countries to spend more on human capacities rather than on weapons. He added that people have lost their lives, while others are living in trauma and pain as a result of conflicts. He further read the UN Secretary-General’s message to mark the day.
The training was supported by UN and EU and organized by WANEP and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.