Working to strengthen and expand Paragraph 36 of the WSIS Tunis Declaration, the ICT4Peace Foundation works with the following organisations, agencies and institutions.
The Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA) was established in 1994 to promote peace and stability in Africa. The Center’s raison d’être is not only to support peacekeeping missions in the African continent and strengthen peace-building efforts, but also to adopt a capacity building approach for African peacekeepers to assume a more active role in dealing with crises and conflicts in the continent.
CARE Australia is an Australian charity and international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on empowering women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities.
The Chilean Joint Peacekeeping Operations Centre, created by Supreme Decree M.D.N.S.S.G. Dept. III N° 2200/114 on July 15th 2002, is an organization that reports to the National Defense Ministry through its General Staff, of a JOINT nature, that along with preparing and training the staff of the Armed, Order and Public Security Forces and civilian areas, strengthens the different capacities and knowledge of the civilian, military and police sectors integrally, ratifying in this way, the current world trend towards the interaction of these social stratums in the process of planning, execution and evaluation of these Peacekeeping Operations.
In addition, the CECOPAC has the mission of offering consulting to the National Defense Ministry in all the matters referring to Peacekeeping Operations, and to carry out studies and investigations related to these Operations, maintaining records that systematize and follow up the international agreements and initiatives on this area, that are of interest for the National Defense Ministry.
The Crisis Management Centre Finland (CMC Finland), located in Kuopio, is a governmental institution and a centre of expertise in civilian crisis management. The main tasks of CMC Finland are to train and recruit experts for international civilian crisis management and peacebuilding missions as well as conduct research focusing on civilian crisis management. CMC Finland acts as a national head office for all seconded Finnish civilian crisis management professionals.
The responsibility of civilian crisis management is shared between two ministries in Finland: the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs is responsible for the political coordination of civilian crisis management and thus decides which missions Finnish experts may take part in while the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for issues concerning national capacity building on a strategic level. CMC Finland operates under the Ministry of the Interior and carries out the operational tasks of training and recruitment, as well as research and development.
In addition, CMC Finland and the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT) have jointly founded the Finnish Centre of Expertise in Comprehensive Crisis Management.
Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is a Finnish, independent non-profit organisation that works to resolve conflict and to build sustainable peace. CMI’s approach draws upon in-country operations and applied policy research to support decision-making and to shape policies. We seek practical solutions and innovative strategies, tools and approaches that can be used by practitioners and policymakers.
DCAF is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the ‘Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’. DCAF contributes to enhancing security sector governance (SSG) through security sector reform (SSR). The Centre’s work to support effective, efficient security sectors which are accountable to the state and its citizens is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace. DCAF is guided by the principles of neutrality, impartiality, gender sensitivity and local ownership as the basis for supporting legitimate, sustainable reform processes. DCAF is based in Geneva with permanent offices in Beirut, Brussels, Ljubljana and Ramallah. The Centre has over 100 staff from more than 30 countries.
The United Nations Department of Political Affairs (DPA) is a department of the Secretariat of the United Nations with responsibility for monitoring and assessing global political developments and advising and assisting the United Nations Secretary General and his envoys in the peaceful prevention and resolution of conflict around the world. The Department manages field-based political missions in Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East, and has in recent years been increasing its professional capacities in conflict mediation. DPA also oversees United Nations electoral assistance to Member States of the organization. Established in 1992, the Department’s responsibilities also include providing secretariat support to the UN Security Council and two standing committees created by the General Assembly concerning the Rights of the Palestinian People and Decolonization.
The mission of the Peacekeeping School of Bamako is to contribute to the reinforcement of the capacities of African States as regards sustaining the Peace and in priority the African Stand-by Force of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) formulates and coordinates Swiss foreign policy on the instructions of the Federal Council. A coherent foreign policy is a precondition for the effective protection of Swiss interests vis-à-vis foreign countries.
The Folke Bernadotte Academy is a Swedish government agency dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of international conflict and crisis management, with a particular focus on peace operations. The Academy functions as a platform for cooperation between Swedish agencies and organizations and their international partners.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Infoshare was established in early 2004 as a non-profit social enterprise working to create innovative technology solutions to help international organizations, governments and civil society increase the impact and effectiveness of their work. Our goal is simple: utilize the power and reach of technology to help advance and sustain economic and social change, and ultimately, improve people’s lives.
United Nations, Geneva
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.
The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles.
Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.
Founded in 1919, the International Federation comprises 186 member Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, a Secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. There are more societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.
The ISDR aims at building disaster resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to natural hazards and related technological and environmental disasters.
United Nations, Geneva
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For nearly 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems and addressed the global challenges of our times, such as mitigating climate change and strengthening cybersecurity.
Interpeace is an international peacebuilding organization that helps divided and conflicted societies build sustainable peace. Interpeace works with local peacebuilding teams, made up of nationals from the country concerned, to facilitate dialogue with all sectors of society (governments, opposition groups, civil society, private sector representatives, diasporas, etc). These dialogue processes enable populations directly affected by conflict to rebuild trust, to define priorities for social, economic and political rehabilitation, to find consensus-based solutions to conflict, and to assist with their implementation.
ISCRAM was set up to promote research and development, exchange of knowledge and deployment of information systems for crisis managemen and to promote and facilitate cooperation between all parties involved in this domain, including researchers, practitioners and professionals, technical experts and other experts, policy makers, involved in the management or evaluation of emergency conditions, disasters and crises.
OCHA is the arm of the UN Secretariat that is responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.
United Nations, New York
The Office of the CITO is responsible for bringing together the best and most appropriate information technology available, with the information processing needs of the United Nations. In doing so it ensures that management priorities are understood and acted on, so that more urgent and more strategic needs are adequately serviced.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
In more than five decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 6,600 people in more than 110 countries continues to help about 34 million persons.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action
New York, United States
The Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (GAID), an initiative approved by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2006, was launched after comprehensive worldwide consultations with governments, the private sector, civil society, the technical and Internet communities and academia.
UN, New York
The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide acts as a catalyst to raise awareness of the causes and dynamics of genocide, to alert relevant actors where there is a risk of genocide and to advocate and mobilize for appropriate action.
In 2004, following the genocidal violence in Rwanda and the Balkans, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Juan Méndez as Special Adviser to fill critical gaps in the international system that allowed those tragedies to go unchecked. In 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Francis M. Deng on a full-time basis at the level of Under-Secretary-General. He also appointed Edward Luck as the Special Adviser who focuses on the responsibility to protect, on a part-time basis at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.
United Nations, New York
Recognizing both the urgent need for more timely and actionable information and the unparalleled opportunities, the Secretary-General called on the UN system in April 2009 to establish a monitoring system (Global Pulse) to better track the impact of compound crises on vulnerable populations. He asked the Deputy Secretary-General to lead this effort and establish a small Team in his office to spearhead the project.
United Nations peacekeeping is a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the Organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. The first UN peacekeeping mission was established in 1948, when the Security Council authorized the deployment of UN military observers to the Middle East to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbours. Since then, there have been a total of 64 UN peacekeeping operations around the world.
The Ushahidi Platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. Our goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.
Born in 1962, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome — the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) — as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.
The WSIS Stocktaking Process was launched in October 2004. Its aim is to provide a register of activities carried out by governments, international organizations, the business sector, civil society and other entities. To this end, in accordance with §120 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society adopted by the Summit, ITU has been maintaining the WSIS Stocktaking Database as a publicly accessible system providing information on ICT-related initiatives and projects with reference to the 11 WSIS Action Lines. In this context you are kindly invited to participate in the WSIS Stocktaking Platform.
Through its training program, ZIF pursues two objectives: to screen and assess candidates for ZIF’s pool of German civilian professionals for deployment to international peace operations, and to provide field-oriented preparation for personnel in such operations.
ZIF offers basic peacekeeping, specialization, and election observation courses. All courses focus on the practical preparation for work in a peace operation, based on mission experience and lessons learned. The core target group is primarily German professionals whose profiles match the selection criteria of international organizations for their field missions; however, the courses are also open to a limited number of international participants.