Pilot Course on Protection of Civilians for NATO and UN

Defence Forces International Centre FINCENT 28.9.2018 9.44
Press release

Pilot Protection of Civilians Course will be conducted 1 -10 October at FINCENT in Helsinki, Finland

Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT) together with partners NATO, United Nations, the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are running a course starting next week on the Protection of Civilians. This is the first course where these stakeholders have actively worked together to provide training for both NATO and UN staff.

First course where NATO and UN work actively together

Course overview

The course which is aimed at the Strategic Operational level will cover a wide range of topics including exploring the military role in protecting civilians, the need for civil military interaction, and International Humanitarian Law. The course will highlight the complementarity between different approaches to Protection of Civilians. Learning outcomes include analysis of civilian vulnerabilities, perpetrators of violence, prevention and response to conflict related sexual and gender-based violence and crosscutting topics such as gender, children, and youth.

Changing mindsets

This course uses a non-conventional format and includes a combination of interactive lectures, stimulating learning games, immersive training and role play. Everyone attending the course will be fully engaged as all participants will have an active role to play during the course. The over-arching aim of this course is, not just to train protection of Civilians, but to educate Military staff therefore changing mindsets so that in the future NATO and UN staffs will have a greater understanding of the populations centric perspective.

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