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Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations [PTP.2012.03F]

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Protection of Civilians in Peace Operations [PTP.2012.03F]

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New Delhi, India
18 Jun 2012 to 22 Jun 2012
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5 Days
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Systematic violence and mass atrocities against civilians increasingly occur in armed conflicts. Millions of individuals have lost their lives, while tens of millions more have been displaced from their homes. In war-torn societies, civilians – in particular women and children – have suffered from gross violations of human rights and political, psychological and economic repression that have become part of deliberate conflict strategies. In 1999, the UN Peacekeeping Operation in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) was mandated “to afford protection to civilians under imminent threat of physical violence.” Today, the majority of the nearly 100,000 uniformed UN peacekeepers deployed worldwide operate under such a mandate.

Over the past decades, the world has witnessed armed conflicts marked by systematic violence and mass atrocities against civilians. In the framework of the United Nations, notable efforts have been put in place to improve the effectiveness of protection of civilians. The concept of protection of civilians first appeared in the UN Secretary-General’s Report on the Situation of Africa of 13 April 1998 (S/1998/318), in which Kofi Annan identified the protection of civilians in situations of armed conflicts as a "humanitarian imperative". As part of this evolution, the protection of civilians has been progressively incorporated to the mandate of peace operations.

The goal of the course is to improve the overall coherence and effectiveness of protection activities on the ground.

The course seeks to advance a better understanding of the theoretical and practical framework of the protection of civilians in peace operations.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the concept of protection in the context of UN peace operations – as distinct from other non-peacekeeping protection functions and actors;
  • Describe UN institutional standards and expectations with regards to protection planning and execution of protection activities;
  • Define the different roles and responsibilities of protection actors within a UN peace operation;
  • Discuss best practices and lessons learned;
  • Discuss challenges and dilemmas related to the prevention of sexual violence.

The course is structured in five modules, defined as follows:

  • Module 1: Overview of the protection of civilians
  • Module 2: International legal dimension of the protection of civilians
  • Module 3: Protection of civilians in the context of UN peacekeeping operations
  • Module 4: Ensuring the protection of civilians
  • Module 5: Prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence

The course is delivered face-to-face within the premises of The United Service Institution of India (New Delhi). It utilizes the principles of adult education through its interactivity and learner-centred approach. Specifically, the course will use:

  • Case studies
  • Role play
  • Simulations
  • Small group discussions
  • Interactive presentations

The course is designed for civilians, military and police personnel eager to serve in peace operations. The course builds on their existing skills and expertise by showing them how these can be applied in the complex context of peace operations and by providing them with the executive knowledge and additional personal skills they would require. Participants are expected to have no prior, or limited, experience in peace operations and to come from a vast and diverse demographic and professional range. The course is neither specialized for a particular gender or age group, nor to specific background experience and education. Nevertheless, it is highly advisable that participants have an overall understanding of the structure, components and functioning of a peace operation.


The course is open to a maximum of 25 participants.

Applicants must have a university degree in any subject or the equivalent of 2 years working experience in relevant fields. They must have good working knowledge of English.

Participants are not expected to have specific prior experience in peace operations.


Additional information

Covered costs include: Accommodation (within the premises of the United Service Institute of India), meals and course fees.

Not covered: Travel to and during the event.

Please be aware that 100% attendance is mandatory in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Visa Requirements: Upon request, UNITAR can provide participants requiring a visa with a support letter to be attached to their visa application form. However, participants will be fully responsible for the visa application procedure and UNITAR will not cover visa-related expenses.


Application and selection procedure

Applicants will be selected on the basis of the information provided in their CVs, cover letters as well as in the on-line application.

Applicants must complete the application form and upload their CVs by clicking  on the "Apply here" button on the top of this page.

Questions should be directed to the following address:

UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme


Fax: +41 22 917 8993


Applications will not be considered if, for whatever reason, they reach UNITAR after 10 May 2012

UNITAR will notify only selected applicants by 15 May 2012

Selected applicants must confirm their participation by 18 May 2012

During the selection process of candidates, UNITAR will respect the gender balance and priority will be given to candidates who have not yet attended a similar course delivered by UNITAR or any other training institution.

Participants are not expected to have specific prior experience in peace operations.

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