UN Military Experts on Mission Course Opens at the Rwanda Peace Academy

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The course was officially opened by the Joint Chief of Staff at the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Planning Element, Maj Gen Charles Rudakubana, on behalf of the EASF Director.

A group photo after the official opening of the course.

The “United Nations Military Experts on Mission (UNMEOM) Course” started today Monday, 22 July 2019 at the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) and will run up to 9 August 2019.  The course was funded by the Government of Sweden and is organized in partnership between the Rwanda Peace Academy, the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) and the Nordic Defence Cooperation (NORDEFCO).

It was officially opened by the Joint Chief of Staff at the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Planning Element, Maj Gen Charles Rudakubana, on behalf of the EASF Director.

The objective of the course is to prepare and equip officers with relevant knowledge and skills to enable them serve as military observers, military liaison officers and military advisers at any United Nations peacekeeping mission and particularly for the current United Nations (UN) operations.

The Coordinator of the Nordic Advisory and Coordination Staff (NACS), Commander Stefan Sivaro, the NACS Executive Secretary, Ms Terry Obadha and a team of facilitators from the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) were present at the opening ceremony.

A total of 26 military personnel drawn from four EASF member states, namely:  Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan are attending the course.