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2019
Military Psychology: The strength of an army is not in its weapons, its strength is in its people
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – May 6th – 10th, 2019
Conference Hosts

Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina

In July 2001, the Presidency of BiH expressed clear commitment for accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) into European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the NATO Partnership for Peace Program, as well as for implementation of the reforms required in terms of the defense system and the restructuring of its Armed Forces. Having these objectives in mind, major efforts have been made over the past period, in order to create the environment necessary for successful process of the reform of the defense system, for attaining of internal stability and creating the conditions for credible NATO bid.

Read more at http://mod.gov.ba/foto2015/091116brosura2016web.pdf


International Organization for Migration, Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is located at a migration crossroad between Eastern and Western Europe. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia from 1992 to 1995 destroyed the social and economic infrastructure and forced over half of citizens of BH to leave their homes. Today, the return of displaced persons and a rise in illegal migration, such as human trafficking and smuggling, make migration a major challenge for BiH’s post-conflict recovery and development.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) initiated a mission in Sarajevo in 1992 in the basement of Koševo Hospital, setting up the MEDEVAC program to evacuate war-wounded individuals who could not be treated locally. Following the end of the war, IOM expanded its activities to the return of refugees from abroad and to assist BH nationals resettling in third countries. Today, IOM’s programs aim to prevent irregular migration, stop the trafficking of human beings, contribute to national development, and assist the BH Government to manage migration activities.

In partnership with the Ministry of Defense of BiH, IOM implemented projects funded by NATO Trust Fund, USAID, Kingdom of Norway and Kingdom of Denmark:

  • NATO Trust Fund Programme - Support in the reintegration of discharged personnel into civilian life within the discharge process implemented from 2006 until 2009
  • Building the Capacities of the Ministry of Defense of BiH to provide systematic support in the reintegration of discharged personnel into civilian life within the discharge process implemented from 2009 until 2010
  • The NATO-PERSPEKTIVA Programme implemented from 2010 until 2013
  • Building the Capacity of BiH Institutions to address mental health issues amongst defense personnel in BiH which started in 2013 and will be finalized in 2019

The organisation of the symposium is supported by the Kingdom of Norway, within the project PREVENTIVA “Capacity building of BiH institutions to address mental health issues amongst defence personnel in BiH”, implemented by the International Organisation for Migration Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ministry of Health Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Republika Srpska.