Sommaire: 6 July 2010, Brussels - Today, the European Commission signed an agreement on an "Integrated Approach to DDR," providing € 1.5 million over 18 months to the work of the United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). The overall objective is to improve the conduct of DDR in complex peacekeeping operations as well as in post-conflict and peace-building environments. The programme will contribute to this goal by enhancing international organisations' capacity on the use of the Integrated Approach to DDR.
The EU-UN co-operation focuses on three different areas: knowledge management development, capacity development, as well as support for the secretariat of the IAWG on DDR1. The IAWG has developed Integrated DDR Standards. One of its key roles is to establish a link between policy-making and inter-agency coordination on the one hand, and DDR best practice and capacity development in the field on the other. In the future, the European Commission will be invited to participate in the
IAWG meetings on DDR.
This EU-UN co-operation on an integrated approach to DDR takes place within the broader framework of the EU-UN co-operation on Crisis Management. It associates a wide range of UN and EU actors involved in conflict prevention, crisis management and peace building from both the security and development communities. Moreover, this initiative fits into IAWG's three-year work plan that establishes five main priorities: updated integrated guidance on DDR to UN staff and partners; support to DDR operations in the field; enhancing knowledge management; DDR capacity development; and creating new partnerships with other DDR entities.
The Programme will be steered by the IAWG Secretariat in close collaboration with all IAWG members. UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) will provide direct support to the management of the Programme.
This activity is funded under the crisis-preparedness component of the EU's Instrument for Stability (IfS). This component - also known as the "Peace-building Partnership" (PbP) - aims to promote and consolidate civilian expertise on peace-building issues. Within the PbP the EU co-operates with a number of partners including with international, regional and sub-regional organizations.
For further details, see:
Contact for IAWG on DDR: cornelis[dot]steenken[at]undp[dot]org (email@example.com ) - Coordinator
Contact for European Commission: joaquin[dot]tasso-vilallonga[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu(firstname.lastname@example.org)
1 The IAWG is constituted by 18 UN entities (DPA, DPI, DPKO, ILO, IOM, UNODA, UNHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNPFA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDIR, UNIFEM, UNITAR, WFP, WHO, OSAA)
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ANNEX I: Letter from Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR)
6 July 2010
EU Contribution for the IAWG on DDR Joint Programme towards an Integrated Approach to DDR
On behalf of the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and United Nations Development Programme as co-chairs gratefully acknowledge the receipt of a contribution of €1.5 million from the European Commission, towards the work of the IAWG, the agreement for which was signed in New York on this day.
The funds are to be administered by UNDP on behalf of the IAWG and will be put towards the IAWG's joint programme towards an Integrated Approach to DDR which is to be implemented by all IAWG members. Decisions on allocating these funds will therefore be taken by the IAWG and they will be managed through activity Steering Committee(s) (SC's) and Technical Committees (TC's) which will determine the Terms of References and workplans in order to deliver our activities in accordance with the projected budget.
for Rule of Law and Security Institutions
Department for Peacekeeping Operations
Assistant Administrator and Director Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
United Nations Development Programme
Genoveva Ruiz Calavera
Head of Unit of Crisis Response and Peace Building