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Background and aim

IDDRTG Annual General Meeting 2019 in Bonn, Germany

The creation of the IDDRTG

The Integrated DDR Training Group was founded in 2006 by 10 founding members. The group has since then been guided by a shared cooperation statement, outlining the members common intention to cooperate to build and strengthen capacities for DDR training through open, collaborative and collegial information and knowledge sharing, networking and communication.

The following 10 institutions were the founding members of the IDDRTG:

African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
The Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC)
The Center for European Security Studies (CESS)
GTZ Kenya Office Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC)
Norwegian Defence Educational Command
Peaceworkers UK
Pearson Peacekeeping Center
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Swedish National Defense College (SNDC)
Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

Why an Integrated DDR Training Group?

The IDDRTG was established as a response to the need for coordination between training institutes in developing and delivering training courses in order to meet the increasing need for highly qualified DDR practitioners, planners, trainers and policy makers. From initially focusing on the develop and sharing of training materials based on the United Nations Integrated Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (UN IDDRS), the group has expanded to include guiding documents from regional organizations such as the European Union (EU) and African Union (AU).

The IDDRTG has proven to be an extremely valuable resource in the operationalization of these international guidelines on DDR, and continue to deliver trainings to increase the capacities among colleagues currently working, or aspiring to work, in related environments.

More on the set-up and aim of the group can be found in the IDDRTG Cooperation Statement below.

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Support by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the IDDRTG

The Secretary-General states in its report on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration to the United Nations General Assembly issued on 21 March 2011 (A/65/741):

57.  (…) “The United Nations is working with the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Training Group, which comprises Member State training institutions and other partners who train personnel on the United Nations approach to disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, as encompassed in the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards. The Secretary-General calls on relevant Member States to continue to support the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Training Group.”