UN Peacekeeping Current Affairs - 2019
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The pilot Training of Trainers (ToT) Course on Civilian Protection and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) was held at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi from June 18 to 22, 2018. It was jointly held by Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), India and Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
The training course was attended by 30 officers including eight from friendly foreign countries. It is designed for mid-level military officials from countries that are active troop contributing countries to UN peacekeeping operations. It is targeted towards experienced trainers currently facilitating pre-deployment training at respective peacekeeping training centres or officers with recent experience in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.
Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK)
CUNPK was set up in New Delhi, drawing on India’s vast experience in the field of UN Peacekeeping. It is also repository of information on India’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping and is continuing to build and update its research on peacekeeping related issues. It conducts International Training Capsules for military contingent officers, military observers and staff and logistics officers. It regularly organizes seminars, joint working groups (JWGs) and command post exercises at national and international level.
The third edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP) was held in New Delhi from May 7 to 25, 2018. The course was conducted by Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping in India (CUNPK) in partnership with United States
UNPCAP-03 was aimed at building and enhancing capacity of the African Troop Contributing Countries to UN and to further train trainers from these countries. The students who participated in this two week course included officers who are currently employed in their respective peacekeeping training centres. These African military officers will in turn train troops in their respective countries. The first and second editions of the course were held in New Delhi in 2016 and 2017. These courses are being seen as milestone in many ways at international forum, which also reflect India.
India and UN Peacekeeping
India is the largest cumulative troop contributor to UN Peacekeeping Missions mandated to maintain stability and negotiate peace settlement in turbulent regions across the world. So far India has provided almost 200,000 troops in nearly 50 of 71 UN peacekeeping missions over past six decades, including 13 of current 16 missions.