The training of civilian specialists for United Nations Peace Operations: a report of the Seminar on Civilian Peacekeeping

The training of civilian specialists for United Nations Peace Operations: a report of the Seminar on Civilian Peacekeeping

Report on dialogue between trainers and end users of civilian peacekeepers: guidlelines for improved practice

Report from a seminar that brought together those who currently deploy civilian peacekeepers and those training institutions that provide training for civilian peacekeeping specialists. By improving the coordination between the training institutions and the end users, the peacekeeping community should be able to improve its overall ability to identify, prepare, select, deploy and support civilian specialists in peace missions

The main objectives of the seminar included

  • identifying the type of civilian specialists used in peacekeeping operations
  • identifying which additional civilian skills specialists would be required
  • identifying how best to transfer the required skills to the specialists

The report outlines the organisations involved in the seminar and key issues in thier training or deployment of civilian specialists. Outcomes from the seminar reported in this paper are very experience-based and practially orientated.

The paper outlines recommendations from the seminar concerning;

  • the content and implementation of mission readiment training
  • civilian standby systems which were seen as a crucial element in the overall improvement of the effectiveness of civilian specialists in peace missions
  • joint civil-military training prior to deployment, identified as crucial to improving civil-military cooperation in the field

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