News UN Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Course (UNCPOCC-12) 2024

UN Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Course (UNCPOCC-12) 2024


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With violence increasing around the globe, the protection of civilians has become a cornerstone of United Nations peacekeeping mandates. This challenging mandate is often the yardstick by which the international community and the affected populations judge the worth of peacekeepers. Failures to protect civilians rightfully receive widespread publicity. The first peacekeeping operation to receive this mandate was UNAMSIL (UN Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone) in 1999. Since then, the Security Council has met regularly on the issue of the protection of civilians and granted ever more robust mandates to the peacekeeping missions.


The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS) have devoted significant attention to improving performance in this area by: Working with peacekeeping operations to develop a conceptual framework for POC;

Supporting the peacekeeping operations to develop comprehensive POC strategies, which assist them in harnessing all available resources for the task; and developing protection of civilians training courses targeted at personnel about to deploy as well as those already working in peacekeeping operations. These courses are aimed at military, police, and civilian personnel. The Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) is an internationally recognized and UN-certified premier institution providing training courses on various aspects of peacekeeping, including POC. The POC course is based on the training modules developed by the DPKO Integrated Training Service (ITS). The POC training materials are intended to provide all peacekeeping personnel (military, police, civil armed forces, and civilians) with a shared understanding of the basic principles, guidelines, and policies of UN peacekeeping concerning the protection of civilians to ensure that UN peacekeeping operations can tackle their protection functions effectively.


The course is open to professionals from military, police, civil armed forces, academia, students, members of the UN agencies/programmers and INGOs

Course Fee:

Free of cost. The participants will, however, make their own arrangements for lodging, messing and transportation to/from the CIPS.


1. United Nations Certificate of Participation and Qualification, which may become handy in acquiring a job in UN, INGOs and NGOs.
2. Gaining an understanding of the protection issues and tools for coherent and effective POC activities.
3. Interaction with a diverse range of participants from various countries and professions.


Duration: 19 Feb – 01 Mar 24

Timings: 9 am to 4:30 pm (Monday – Friday)

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