On April 3-5 CAISS Acting Director Anna Gussarova participated in a 3-day training on capacity building in the field of mediation and conflict prevention for state officials from Central Asia and Afghanistan. The event was organized by UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA, Ashgabat) and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The training program included lectures on the overall concept of conflict prevention and the role of the United Nations in this context, analyzing root causes of conflicts and finding possible solutions meeting the interests of all parties.
The participants were expected to develop skills of conflict analysis, effective communication, and conflict settlement. The guest speakers of the training were high-level officials and professional diplomats, namely the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Head of UNRCCA Mr. Petko Draganov, UNRCCA Political Affairs Officer Armands Pupols, first Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan and professor of the Academy Tuleutai Suleimenov, Vice-ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Ashikbayev and Akylbek Kamaldinov.
Different topics within the concept of ‘preventive diplomacy’ were discussed, including Kazakhstan’s conflict prevention mission in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in 1991-1992, Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping efforts in Ukraine in 2014-2016, and Syrian peace talks in Astana in 2017 and etc.
More information about UNRCCA mission can be found here.