VICENZA, NOVEMBER 15 – Military officials from 16 Countries are in Vicenza to take part in the 15th Protection of Civilians Course organized by the Carabinieri of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (Coespu).
The Protection of Civilians is perhaps the most challenging mandate in modern multi-dimensional Peace Operations. It encompasses several activities aimed at achieving full respect of the human rights for everyone, regardless of age, gender, social, ethnic, national, religious, or other distinctions, in accordance with the international law, the international humanitarian law, the human rights, and the refugee law.
In this frame, the UN Security Council, adopting the recent resolution 2382, has recognized the important role that UN police components could play in the protection of civilians, including in preventing and addressing sexual and gender based violence, as well as violations and abuses against children. In particular the protection of children in armed conflict must be an important aspect of any comprehensive strategy to resolve conflict and build peace, underscoring in that regard the importance of specialized pre-deployment and in mission training and stressing the importance of enhancing coordination between police components and children, women and gender protection advisers.
Taking part in the course are officials from Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Romania, Rwanda, Togo and Ukraine, among them many women: a testimony of the importance of a gender perspective in the UN strategy to manage international crisis. (@OnuItalia)