UNRCCA PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY ACADEMY HELD FOUR ONLINE WORKSHOPS IN THE 2023 ACADEMIC YEAR
In March, the UNRCCA Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) held four online workshops on the 2023 curriculum, attended by 36 representatives from all Central Asian states and Afghanistan.
The first seminar was held on 7 March and was devoted to "UN organizational structure" and "UN and the foundations of multilateral cooperation" topics. During the event, the participants learned about the United Nations Peace and Security System and the structure of the Principal Organs of the United Nations. Representatives of PDA alumni network from Central Asia and Afghanistan also attended the workshop. They informed about activities of the network of graduates of the Academy and presented an action plan for 2023.
On 14 March, PDA invited a representative of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), New York, to attend the session who familiarized the listeners with the structure of the main bodies of the UN Secretariat and especially with the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. In the second half of the seminar, the participants were acquainted with UNRCCA, its goals, objectives and role in Central Asia. During this online training, the participants learned how to draft a Roadmap for the Action Plan "Meaningful Participation of Youth in Peace Processes".
On 23 March, the Preventive Diplomacy Academy (PDA) held an online training session focusing on the Water, Peace and Security agenda based on the UNRCCA Strategy "Supporting cooperation between the countries of Central Asia on water-energy, environment, and climate for the period 2022-2025". The session provided an overview of the UNRCCA's activities supporting peace and security in transboundary water management among Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan (partly including Afghanistan). An additional update was made on the current global events, including the UN 2023 Water Conference and World Water Day 2023. During the practical exercise, young people from Central Asia and Afghanistan enriched their knowledge in water resources management, including water cycle and virtual water, sectoral water use, water quality and quantity and linkage of water with climate change, gender, peace, security and youth agendas.
On 29 March, UNRCCA held the fourth online seminar on the "Introductory course of the UN Youth 2030 Strategy" topic with the participation of the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth at the UN Headquarters in New York. The PDA students got acquainted with the five priority directions of the Strategy, designed to improve lives of young people: Attracting young people to solve modern problems; Expanding access to education and health care; Improving their economic situation; Providing conditions for exercising of their civil and political rights; Support for young people in conflicts and crises. In the end, the participants summed up the results of training at the PDA for March 2023 and were updated on the training plan for April.