[Dateline: New York | Author: DPKO]
On 6 July 2010, the European Union (EU) Commission signed an agreement on an “Integrated Approach to DDR,” providing 1.5 million euros over 18 months to the work of the UN Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR).
Mr. Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions and Mr. Jordan Ryan, Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) at the UN Development Programme (UNDP), represented the Working Group in the signing ceremony as Co-Chairs. The EU main objective is to improve the conduct of DDR in complex peacekeeping operations as well as in post-conflict and peace-building environments. The funding will enable the Working Group to expand its activities to the field and have a direct impact on colleagues working in peacekeeping operations, special political missions or any of the agencies, funds and programmes.
The UN-EU co-operation focuses on three areas: knowledge management, capacity development and support for the secretariat. The knowledge management project provides the best practices for the Secretariat, helping to create a UN system knowledge base on DDR.
In addition, funding will be made available to develop an interactive community of practice on DDR from the whole UN system, which will answer questions in a timely fashion. Plans are also under way to update the on-line resource centre, including by providing translations into other languages. Through this project, the Working Group would be able to organize a series of inter-agency trainings on running a DDR programme in a specific country. The training will provide opportunities for practitioners to start working in different agencies.
The collaboration takes place within the broader framework of the UN-EU co-operation on Crisis Management. Many actors from the security and development communities are involved in conflict prevention, crisis management and peace building.
Overall, this initiative fits into the Working Group's three year work plan, establishing five main priorities. Updating integrated guidance on DDR to UN staff and partners, providing support to DDR operations in the field, enhancing knowledge management and DDR capacity development and finally creating new partnerships with other DDR entities.
The Programme will be steered by the Secretariat of the Working Group in close collaboration with all its members. UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery will provide direct support to the management of the Programme.