Providing critical training to deployed peacekeeping personnel
Through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Canada funded peacekeeper training in life-saving medical field techniques and psychological trauma support. In 2020-2021, UNITAR successfully conducted 8 tailored 3-week trauma courses for uniformed medical and para-medical personnel. These personnel were from the top 20 troop and police contributing countries, and were deployed to the most hazardous UN peacekeeping missions (in the Central African Republic, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan).
Funded through Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, this project trained 161 peacekeepers in 2020-2021. It helped to develop and implement an online platform to provide advice and mentoring to participants throughout their deployment. Training like this continues to be critical for the safety and security of peacekeepers, which is one of the pillars of the UN Secretary General’s Action for Peacekeeping agenda.
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