5 May 2015
Best practice in peacekeeping is the aim of more than 28 military experts and eight observers from 23 countries gathering in Auckland this week. Hosted by the New Zealand Defence Force, the visiting delegates of the Association of Asia-Pacific Peace Operations Training Centres (AAPTC) were welcomed by Chief of Army Major General Dave Gawn.
The annual conference brings together representatives of 17 full member countries’ armies from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss training and preparation for international peace operations.
The theme for AAPTC 2015 is “Promoting Best Practices for Peace Operations Training”, with a focus on discussing respective training packages for use of force, rules of engagement and patrolling. This year’s conference goal is to build a directory of institutional expertise to develop a pool of knowledge and skills, as well as to agree the calendar events and requirements for the next two years
“New Zealand is seen as a trusted partner on peace operations within our geographical region, and beyond,” says MAJGEN Gawn. “Our primary focus is on protecting and assisting our own South-West Pacific region, and this conference helps us to continue to build on our already strong links with our closest allies and partners.”
“While we are different organisations, there are commonalities that are useful to explore. These annual meetings allow each Army to learn from one other and develop protocols for future peacekeeping operations where we may be working closely together,” MAJGEN Gawn said.
“As with all of these regular meetings, it offers a chance for our Army to further enhance the day-to-day working relationship we have with our counterparts. This year is New Zealand’s turn to host the meeting, and I am delighted to welcome our friends here,” MAJGEN Gawn said.
This year’s conference, held in Auckland 5 – 7 May, will play host to representatives from around 23 countries, and several representatives from academia and NZ government agencies including NZ Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Ministry of Defence.
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