09 October 2013, Versoix, Switzerland - UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme, in partnership with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict – a network of more than 200 civil society organisations (CSO's) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world, the Kroc Institute and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, is hosting the first meeting of the Civil Society Reference Group of the project “Security Sector and Civil Society Engagement for Human Security”.

The project “Security Sector and Civil Society Engagement for Human Security” is a three-year project aiming at bringing together security forces and civil society representatives into dialogue about how to best prepare both local security and local civil society to foster human security together. The project’s final outcome is a core curriculum for training security forces and civil society in key concepts, practical skills and processes for working together to achieve human security. The core curriculum will address military leadership at the national, regional and international level, as well as civil society organizations, international organizations and regional institutions. It will cover three broad areas identified in: key concepts for security sector-civil society relations; processes for security sector-community engagement; and skills for security sector-community engagement. The core curriculum will be available on-line in an interactive format.

The meeting of the Civil Society Reference Group of is the first of a series of carefully designed set of civil-military consultations and conference that will bring together civil society and security sector professionals in direct dialogue with each other on the curriculum’s themes and content.