ITP Alumni Meeting on Sustaining Peace in Latin America, Bogotá 15-17 January, 2018


ITP Alumni Meeting group photo
Photo: Kristin Blom

The first International Training (ITP) alumni meeting has been successfully completed in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting was jointly organized with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation in Uppsala. 

It brought together 38 alumni from the Department’s Advanced International Programme on Conflict Resolution (PACS), the Top Level Seminar on Peace and Security (TOPS)  and the International Training on Dialogue and Mediation (ITDM). The alumni had attended trainings during the years 1990-2017 and came from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. The Department was represented by Peter Wallensteen, Liana Lopez (TOPS 2008), Helena Grusell and Holly Guthrey. 

The theme of the meeting was “Strengthening Inclusion and Sustaining Peace in Latin America”. The implementation of the Colombian peace agreement, current developments in peace research and regional challenges in sustaining peace were topics covered during the three days. Moreover, the meeting was a platform to exchange experiences, and learn about knowledge gained from having attended the trainings at DPCR. There were fruitful discussions on ways forward to develop, strengthening and sustaining the DPCR ITP Alumni Network to include as many as possible of the Departments 750 former participants of ITP’s between the years 1988-2017.