UN Personnel Safety and Security Course Underway

The Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA) is currently conducting a one -week regional course entitled “UN Personnel Safety and Security”. The course was funded by the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It was officially opened on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 by Maj Gen Jean Bosco Kazura, the Commandant of the Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College (RDFCSC). The objective of the course is to equip participants with required knowledge to maximize personal security while on UN Peacekeeping missions.

The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, H.E. Takayuki Miyashita, the UNDP Deputy Country Director, Ms. Rosyln Sinemari, Dr. Hideaki Shinoda, Professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and facilitators from Rwanda. They were received by Colonel Jill Rutaremara, the Director of the RPA.

The opening ceremony coincided with the launching of 2019/2020 Project on Strengthening the Capacities of the Rwanda Peace Academy. Under this partnership, the Government of Japan and UNDP have offered financial support that will enhance the capacity development of regional security sector actors in conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution as well as peacebuilding. The financial support will also be used in enhancing the research capacity of the RPA, as well as gender parity and women empowerment in peacebuilding.

The opening ceremony was followed by a lecture delivered by Dr. Hideaki Shinoda on “UN Peacekeeping Operations and the Role of Japan”.

The course is attended by a total of 21 military, police and civilian personnel from 8 African countries, namely: Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

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