UN Pilot Training Course on Protections of Civilians

The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) conducts a pilot training course/workshop with Member States’ training experts to test the newly developed training modules and exercises on the Protection of Civilians (PoC) from 4 to 8 July ‘11, at SWEDINT (the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre), comprising 23 students and 5 instructors, representing 22 different nationalities. The event is co-hosted by the Governments of Australia, Sweden and UN DPKO.


The purpose of the pilot training course is to get feedback and input from the Member States training experts on the draft PoC training modules and scenario-based exercises developed by DPKO’s Integrated Training Service (ITS).

More precisely, the event aims at obtaining expert opinions from trainers on the learning outcomes, training audience, contents and methodology of the newly developed PoC modules and exercises, and at testing the delivery of the training so as to ensure the acceptability and the intended use of the training package by Member States as part of their pre-deployment training.

Based on the feedback generated by the experts, as well as that obtained from Field Missions; UN departments, agencies, funds and programmes; and other partners, DPKO will refine and finalize the training materials.

This pilot training course is thus an important step in ensuring that the training materials are informed by the experiences and expertise that resides in the Member States responsible for preparing personnel to undertake PoC` tasks in peacekeeping operations.