The UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme (PTP) contributes to the effectiveness of peace operations, by improving the preparedness of civilian, military and police personnel interested in deployment to field missions.

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Programme Highlights

International Master's Degree in Conflictology - apply now for the 2015 Spring Semester!

July 2014 - The International Master’s Degree in Conflictology presents empirical knowledge and insight on conflict resolution, transformation, mediation and management in an educational setting. Practitioners and academics from prestigious universities, the United Nations and peace research institutes get together with participants from different countries in this virtual course, no matter where they live, to learn about peace and security and to prepare for professional practice. This programme trains participants in all applications of conflictology and facilitates the development of professional projects by giving participants access to the largest network of people working to promote peace. Read more...


Mandated to Protect - Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations

Over the past 20 years Protection of Civilians has moved to the forefront of the Security Council resolutions under which United Nations peacekeepers are deployed. But what exactly is meant by 'protection of civilians'? How are peacekeepers meant to protect? What are the responsibilities of heads of mission and force commanders? How are we to counter crimes against women and children which have become weapons of war? These and other questions are addressed in this documentary film which features contributions from United Nations personnel, military, police and civilian peacekeepers, as well as representatives from international non-governmental organisation around the world with vast experience in the Protection of Civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations.

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Enhancing the Capacity of African Peacekeeping Training Institutions


Peacekeeping in Africa has grown dramatically over the last five years, with the continent hosting more peacekeepers than any other region. Today, more than ever, peacekeeping capacity building in Africa with African and UN institutions is imperative.  Click here to read chairperson Jean Marie Guehénno’s singular report Enhancing the Capacity of African Peacekeeping Training Institutions.


Internship/Traineeship Opportunities within Peacekeeping Training Programme

- Training and Capacity Development Deadline for applications: 15th October 2014


In Focus

22-26 September 2014, Tübingen, Germany - Over the past week, a group of young peacebuilders from all around the world met in Tübingen, Germany for the first Berghof Summer School on “Youth and Peacebuilding”. In the realm of this summer school, UNITAR conducted a needs assessment for the development of a training course on the same topic. The course will aim at fostering the skills of young people to effectively contribute to peacebuilding efforts in their countries and to establish a dialogue between senior decision makers and the younger generation.

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01 – 05 September 2014, Brazzaville (Republic of Congo) – UNITAR is supporting the training of the Congolese contingent prior to its deloyment to the Mission Intégrée Multidimensionnelle de Stabilisation des Nations Unies en République Centrafricaine (MINUSCA). The training is part of the broader pre-deployment framework implemented by the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) Programme.

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20 August 2014, Caux, Montreux, Switzerland – From 10-13 August UNITAR took part in the first International Peacebuilders’ Forum in Caux. The Forum, organised by CAUX Initiatives of Change (CAUX-IofC), was organized to offer to peacebuilding organizations and practitioners the opportunity to meet, connect and interact with actors in the peace-building field, participate in group discussions, attend presentations, panel discussions and workshops, and visit the stands of peacebuilding organisations. 

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5–9 May 2014, Geneva (Switzerland) –UNITAR is contributing to the implementation of a five-day training course on international Human Rights Mechanisms. The training course – developed by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES), the International Coordination Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC NHRIs) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), with the support of UNITAR – is addressed to NHRIs from all regions of the world.

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18 April 2014, Paris, France- For the fourth consecutive year, UNITAR contributed to the training of 300 senior officers originating from 70 countries at the War School (l’École de Guerre) in Paris.

Over a period of three weeks in April, the simulation exercise "Coalition 2014" precisely reconstructed - with almost 600 participants - the scenario of a contemporary regional conflict within a multinational, inter-armies and inter-agencies framework.

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Upcoming Events

Transitional justice and peacebuilding - ToT [PTP.2013.07F]

19 Aug - 20 Aug 2013

Musanze, Rwanda

Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 29 July 2013

Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations [PTP.2013.06F]

22 Jul - 02 Aug 2013

Jaji-Kaduna, Nigeria

Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 15 July 2013

Introduction to Environment, Natural Resources and UN Peacekeeping Operations [PTP.2012.36E]

21 Sep - 30 Nov 2013


Public – by registration   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 30 November 2013

Protection of civilians in peace operations [PTP.2013.09F/DPKO]

09 Sep - 11 Oct 2013


Private – by invitation   E-learning   English  open to register/apply

Training of trainers

28 Oct - 08 Nov 2013

Harare, Zimbabwe

Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face   English  open to register/apply

Conflict management (PTP.2013.01B)

28 Oct - 30 Oct 2013

Erbil, Iraq & web-based

Private – by invitation   Blended   English  open to register/apply

Training of trainers

14 Oct - 25 Oct 2013

Harare, Zimbabwe

Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face   English  open to register/apply

Mali: What Steps to Peace? (PTP.2013.03C)

24 Oct - 24 Oct 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

Public – by registration   Face-to-Face   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 23 October 2013

Introduction to peace operations [PTP.2014.06E]

19 Feb - 19 Mar 2014


By application & selection   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 12 February 2014

Leadership, team work and team management [PTP.2014.10E]

05 Mar - 02 Apr 2014


By application & selection   E-learning   English  open to register/apply Deadline: 28 February 2014