Some have presented the conflict in Darfur, contentiously, as this century’s first genocide. In February 2010 the United Nations reported that since 2003 2.7 million people have fled their homes since the conflict began in the arid western region, and 300 000 people have died from the combined effects of war, famine and disease. Conflicts like this have spurred activists around the world to make urgent calls on the authorities to ‘do something’, including through the use of military force.
In reality, the solution is not as simple as sending in military forces to quell the fighting. Conflicts such as these are complex, dynamic and multi-dimensional. Africa has unique political and infrastructural challenges to consider. For example, it is well known that in Darfur, one-third of the population is displaced, the humanitarian situation is precarious and there is no comprehensive peace agreement in sight. To address these issues, and many more, defenceWeb will host its annual Peacekeeping Conference, 26-27 July 2010, at the Gallagher Estate, in Midrand, Johannesburg. This conference is proudly endorsed by the Defence Decision Support Institute (DDSI).
This is not an uncommon scenario in many African countries where peacekeeping operations are currently taking place. The forces concerned have to face many challenges regarding force preparation and deployment. But what is the solution? And who is offering it?
defenceWeb’s Peacekeeping Africa Conference will examine the most recent challenges related to force preparation and deployment operations in Africa. This two-day event promises to bring together industry leaders and technical experts who will discuss tactical, technological and operational issues, protocol, policies and strategy in ensuring effective peacekeeping.
Attend defenceWeb’s Peacekeeping Africa Conference and hear what solutions Abiodun Bashua, director of Political Affairs, UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has to offer. You will learn more about the latest technical solutions and technology offered by vendors and service providers, such as the Paramount Group, Ivema, OTT, BAE Systems and Thales. For more details on the conference programme, visit defenceWeb’s site www.defenceweb.co.za.
With Africa’s mandate to support peacekeeping, defenceWeb’s conference becomes a significant milestone in working towards a goal of achieving peace, security and stability in Africa.
Issued by: Johan Wildenboer
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