The UNMEM course started in Santahamina

14.11.2016 12.12
Press release

The UNMEM course started in Santahamina on 31 October in crispy weather. While the snow started to pile up outdoors, the students gained basic knowledge on peacekeeping operations and theoretical information on observer, liaison officer and adviser duties indoors.

On Tuesday 8 November the students were transported to Niinisalo, where they will spend 10 days in a simulated mission area.

On Tuesday 8 November the students were transported to Niinisalo, where they will spend 10 days in a simulated mission area.

Practical training gives the students an overall impression of a modern integrated United Nations peacekeeping operation and what it is like to work in such an environment. During this time they will face simulated situations of possible incidents in a mission area as well as get a feeling for the UN patrol base where they will be spending time on future missions.

Practical training teaches students, for example, what to do in an emergency situations, how to write reports, what kind of cultural awareness is needed and how to observe things from the field and e.g. helicopter. Negotiation and mediation exercise challenge students in multi-dimensional and tricky situations.

Construction and development works on Camp President and Patrol Base 92 have continued during the course. This fits in well with the course scenario, as UNKOM is a rather young mission and the local contractors hired by the UN did their best so that the new bases would serve military experts as well as possible. Now both bases have a sauna and shower facilities. Furthermore both bases are near completion of new negotiation rooms in the containers.