The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Dr Mike Kelly, today launched the Australian inter-agency report, ‘Partnering for Peace: Australia’s Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Experiences in Bougainville, Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste’.
The report focuses on Australia’s recent contributions to regional peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions and aims to distil lessons learned from these operations.
The report was launched at the opening of the Australian Civil-Military Centre’s Civil-Military Affairs Conference (CMAC), which is occurring in Queanbeyan from 28-29 May 2012.
The CMAC conference brings together leading domestic and international peacekeeping and peacebuilding experts including policy makers, practitioners and academics. Participants will consider critical issues for contemporary peace and stabilisation operations and identify innovative solutions to improve future missions.
The key themes of the conference are transition, civilian capacities, local ownership and the crucial role of women in peace and security.
“Australia has a proud history of involvement in peace and security missions around the globe and within our region,” said Dr Kelly.
“The conference will contribute to the Australian Government’s capacity to support successful transitions in Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Afghanistan.”
Dr Kelly will tonight host the conference dinner at the National Gallery of Australia.
Elyse Gatt (Dr Kelly) 02 6277 4840 or 0459 810 654
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