Ceasefires

 

Ceasefire Mediation and Management

Training Course

The Mediation Support Unit, in the Policy and Mediation Division of the Department for Political Affairs (DPA), together with the Norwegian Defence International Centre (NODEFIC) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, jointly organised the fifth Ceasefire Mediation and Management training course in April 2016. The courses are the culmination of a two-year research project on the protection of civilians from a mediation perspective, supported by funding from Canada. The inaugural training focused on a multi-faceted approach to ceasefire mediation by providing a deeper understanding of the political, military, humanitarian, gender as well as socio-economic dimensions of ceasefires.

 

High-level Trainers and Speakers
 

The course benefited greatly from trainers with extensive experience in the different dimensions of ceasefire mediation, including ceasefire/mediation experts such as Dr. Julian Hottinger, Brigadier-General (Ret) Jan-Erik Wilhelmsen and Mr. Jeffrey Mapendere, former Security Arrangements Expert on the United Nations Standby Team of Mediation Expert. The expertise of resource persons, including representatives from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as well as DPA greatly enriched the training.

 

 

Participants
 

The 32 participants were made up of representatives from different parts of the UN system, Member States, and partner NGOs. The varied background of the participants – political, military, police, academic, media and legal affairs – contributed to the success of the training.

 

 

Next Course

 

The next course will take place in Oslo, 24-30 April 2017. 

 

 

 

Joint Monitoring Commissioners Sign Ceasefire Agreement (UN Photo/Tim McKulka)