UNDP/One UN to Collaborate with MINADEF in Peace Consolidation
Kigali, February 19th, 2013 – Mr. Lamin Momodou Manneh, the ONE UN Resident Coordinator, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Rwanda, Hon. Gen. James Kabarebe. Mr. Manneh used the opportunity to formally introduce himself as the new Resident Coordinator of the One UN, and Resident Representative of UNDP in Rwanda. Mr. Manneh applauded the efforts of the Government of Rwanda in maintaining peace and security at national and regional level and expressed appreciation for the collaboration between the Ministry and the One UN in Rwanda.
The Minister commended the One UN’s support, especially in relation with the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) and gender promotion within the armed forces. Rwanda Peace Academy is a project implemented by the Government of Rwanda with support of the Japanese Government through UNDP. Since its implementation in 2009, the academy has gradually become a reference in the areas of training and research on conflict prevention and management, post-conflict recovery, and peace building. Today, the Academy hosts hundreds of participants yearly from a number of African countries who come to Rwanda to train on the variety of courses related to peace building and security. The Minister highlighted that “countries out of conflicts benefit very much from our experience”. UNDP supported RPA financially and technically since 2009 in institutional capacity building, in sponsoring courses, and equipping the new built library and office.
Hon. Gen. Kabarebe expressed interest of the Ministry to continue collaborating with the One UN in making the Rwanda Peace Academy a center of excellence at international level and in promoting gender equality within the armed forces. Mr. Manneh applauded Hon. Gen. Kabarebe on the exceptional maintenance of security countrywide, in particular around the City of Kigali. “One UN is committed to working with the Government of Rwanda in promoting peace and good governance. Rwanda is a role model in peacekeeping, and these are all results of good leadership. As the One UN, we are very proud of Rwanda’s role played in the preservation of Global security”. The Resident Coordinator reiterated interest of the One UN for further collaboration with the Ministry of Defense in supporting RPA not only from the UNDP perspective but also including the contribution from UNITAR and UN Women. UNITAR will specifically support the RPA in the area of curricula development and training. The technical team from MINADEF and One UN will develop a project proposal for consideration under EDPRS 2 period.