CIPS was inaugurated by UN Secretary-General on 13 August 2013. This
much-anticipated event was an excellent opportunity for Pakistan to
showcase its peacekeeping contributions to the UN. The event was largely
attended by members of diplomatic corps, academics from the leading
universities, representatives of local think tanks, government
institutes, UN agencies, civil society and the media. Former
peacekeepers both soldiers and policemen also attended the function.
The Chief Guest in his inaugural address lauded the services of
Pakistani peacekeepers and appreciated the establishment of an institute
to train the future crop of peacekeepers in line with the emerging
trends and challenges. He said:
I know this Centre
will focus on gaining deeper understanding of the threats to peace and
the sources of instability. I applaud your efforts to establish a
Department of Peace and promote peace education. Around the world, we
must do more to take on the drivers of conflict, including oppression,
exclusion and inequality.
After the opening address, the Chief Guest met the
participants of the UN peacekeeping training, and took a round of the
photo exhibition covering the activities of the Pakistani peacekeepers
over the years.