Ghana

Ghana Hosts UN Ministers for Global Conference

Dominic Nitiwul

 

Ghana is poised to host a historic gathering as it welcomes ministers from around the world for the United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference, scheduled for today December 5-6, 2023 in Accra.

Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul providing insights into the significance of this global event during a press briefing said, “Ghana extends a warm welcome to UN ministers and delegates for this prestigious global conference, a testament to our commitment to international peacekeeping efforts.”

He said the decision underscores the country’s growing influence in the realm of global peacekeeping adding that the event is expected to draw Foreign and Defense Ministers, Heads of International Organizations, Academia, Social Partners, Civil Society Organizations, and Journalists from across the globe.

Minister Nitiwul highlighted the conference’s significance, noting that it ranks second only to the yearly General Assembly meeting in New York, making it a pivotal gathering for the United Nations (UN).

Anticipating the attendance of 80 to 100 member states and over 600 registered delegates, the conference will delve into crucial themes, including the role of women in peacekeeping, protection of civilians, mental health of peacekeepers, safety and security, and strategic communications.

“As a nation that has surpassed UN targets for the inclusion of women in peacekeeping operations, Ghana is honored to initiate further discussions on this vital issue,” emphasized Minister Nitiwul.

The conference will commence with a welcome reception at the Accra International Conference Centre, featuring side meetings on ‘women in peacekeeping’ and ‘environmental aspects of peacekeeping,’ organized in collaboration with Sweden and the US, respectively.

The second day will witness His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic addressing the main conference, followed by panel sessions on selected themes.

A digital exhibition showcasing Africa’s role in the UN Peacekeeping Enterprise will be a notable highlight.

Minister Nitiwul expressed Ghana’s commitment to making the conference an avenue for establishing bilateral and multilateral partnerships.

 

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri