3 October 2018. The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in collaboration with the Dag Hammerskjold foundation has organized the 6th Annual Kofi Annan-Dag Hammerskjold lecture on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 at the Centre.
The lecture on the theme: “Preventing armed conflicts: identifying and mitigating risk” was organized in honour of the legacy and achievements of Kofi Annan and Dag Hammerskjold, the United Nations Second and Seventh Secretary Generals respectively, and in recognition of peace and development on the African continent.
The guest lecturer, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on the prevention of Genocide, Mr Adama Dieng, in his speech said prevention of conflict and protection of the population from armed conflicts and mitigations remained a primary responsibility of the United Nations. He said it was therefore important to take proactive measures at national, regional and international levels when such issues arise.
“It is less expensive to prevent conflicts and violence than to wait till you try to find solution to them when they deteriorate,” he stressed.
Mr Dieng outlined the required mechanisms and legal framework needed for prevention that his office had developed. He opined that this framework, if put into practice would go a long way to prevent armed conflicts and atrocity crimes.
He urged participants to build resilience and cohesive societies to prevent atrocity crimes against human dignity and human rights.
In her welcome message, the Chairperson of the lecture, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Ghana, Mrs Christine Evans Klock, said the United Nation was committed to uphold the visions of Kofi Annan and Dag Hammarskjold to prevent conflicts and violence as well as promote peace on basis of justice on the African continent and the world as a whole.
Present at the lecture were the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, HE Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, The Executive Director of Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Mr Henrisk Hemmargren, the Commandant of KAIPTC, Air Vice Marshal Griffiths Santrofi Evans and some Senior Officers from other Security Services,