A top official at the Liberian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, has completed intensive two-week training in Peace and Development in Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand. 

A release from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says Reverend Tunde Johnson Spencer, the Counselor for Political Affairs, was among 27 others, drawn from about 12 countries, who successfully completed the training in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation that ran from February 28-March 14.

The training was a cross-cultural one, organized by the International Institute of Peace and Development Studies (IIPDS) in Thailand, the release added.

The Liberian diplomat was the only participant from Africa, while others from Europe and Asia, including Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand, and The Philippines, completed the list of nationalities.

According to the release, the training highlights focused on International Human Rights, Structure and Framework of the United Nations, Geopolitics, among others. The almost three dozen participants discussed the root causes of conflicts and how to prevent them from spreading.

Mr. Spencer described the training as refreshing, adding that it was an opportunity to expand his knowledge in International Relations based on the topics that were discussed during the training.

Counselor Spencer also used the visit to pay a courtesy visit to the Thai National Commission for Human Rights, where he held discussion with Commissioner Tuenji Deeji, on the history and formation of the Thai Human Rights Commission and how similar program can be replicated in Liberia.

According to the release, other activities of the training included a visit to the home of a local Thai hero, the late Bangboong Sirivejjabhandu, (1906-1982).

The trip was jointly sponsored by IIPDS and participants, with the IIPDS providing lodging and feeding and individual participants responsible to transport themselves to and from Thailand, including other travel expenses.

 

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