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Introduction to peace operations [PTP.2012.02E]

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Web Based
6 Feb 2012 to 2 Mar 2012
Duration of event:
4 Weeks
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Specific Target Audience:
A limited number of fellowships are available for candidates from Least Developed Countries (as per the UN-OHRLLS list).
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Peacekeeping is one of the many tools employed by the United Nations and other international organizations to help address diverse threats to international peace and security. Since its inception, peacekeeping has contributed to preventing and managing violent conflict between and within States and to the support of national actors in protecting and building peace after conflict. Today, with over 116,000 personnel deployed in 15 missions, the scale of the United Nations’ involvement in peacekeeping operations is unprecedented and the diversity of mission mandates has the diversity of mission mandates requires the UN to deliver on an ever-increasing number of tasks.
The goal of this course is to review the organization of peacekeeping operations by providing an overview of the framework in which they are developed, studying their overall structure, and discussing the roles and responsibilities of the different actors involved.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

•Define the framework of UN peacekeeping operations;

•Explain the procedures for the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation;

•Analyze the key factors that enable the effective implementation of an operation’s mandate;

•Summarize the key standards of conduct and discipline for UN peacekeepers.


The course is composed of four modules that will be covered over four weeks. The workload of the course has been adapted to a target audience that mainly consists of working professionals. On average, the course requires on average 6.5 hours of study time per week, though this might vary by module and participant. The overall course workload equals 26 hours.
  • Module 1: Overview of a UN peacekeeping operation
  • Module 2: Establishment and functioning of a UN peace operation
  • Module 3: Effective mandate implementation
  • Module 4: Standards and values of UN peacekeepers
The key concepts of each module are introduced by lessons, videos and case studies. These concepts are then applied through the scenario-based activities. The scenarios are based on real-life situations which allow participants to work on challenges they are likely to face in their workplace. To facilitate collective knowledge construction and experience sharing among the different components of peace operations (military, civilian and police) several discussions are organized in each module.
Taking advantage of the opportunities of technology-enhanced learning, the learning materials are presented through various media, such as text, graphs, images and video material, which contribute to better retention and enhance the learning process.
Facilitators guide participants through this process, delivering and conveying information, clarifying doubts and supporting participants through different activities.

Primary audience:

The course is designed for national and regional military and police personnel of every rank and function serving or interested in serving in peace operations.

Secondary audience:

The course also addresses a broad audience of civilians, such as students, researchers, academics and individuals from governmental and non-governmental organizations with an interest in peace operations.

This is a basic course. No prior knowledge of or experience in peace operations is required.


Please note that UNITAR PTP fellowships are awarded only to a small numbers of applicants from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and are not differed or transferred to another course. You might wish to refer the UN-OHRLLS list by clicking here.


To receive the Certificate of Completion of the course on Introduction to Peace Operations, you need to pass the four graded modules.  Participants who do not pass the four modules will be entitled to a Certificate of Participation.

Please also note that all participants would only be issued a certificate after duly filling in the evaluation form.

Technical Requirements


  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X; Linux
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • Software:
    - Adobe Acrobat Reader (click here to download for free)
    - Adobe Flash Player (click here to download for free)
    - Microsoft Office (Windows or Apple version) or Open Office (click here to download for free)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or higher (click here to download for free); it works better with Firefox 3.6 or higher (click here to download for free)
  • Note that JavaScript, Cookies and Popups must be enabled
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