Police march at the commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29, 2011. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.

New Report Examines How to Enhance Training for UN Peacekeepers

Police march at the commemoration of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29, 2011. UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran.

A new IPI paper examines the United Nations’ and member states’ efforts to train UN peacekeepers. The success or failure of a UN peacekeeping operation is partly determined by the effectiveness of its individual peacekeepers. Yet, the UN’s training strategy for peacekeepers remains at an embryonic stage. Systematic performance indicators to evaluate UN peacekeepers have yet to be implemented. And while the number of national, regional, and international centers for training UN peacekeepers has increased, greater coordination is needed to produce common standards and ensure that those who are trained actually deploy on UN missions.

The paper includes a case study on one prominent international training center, the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (CoESPU) in Vincenza, Italy.

The author finds that more needs to be done to ensure that UN peacekeeping operations have access to the right people with the right skills. He makes a number of recommendations to help the UN, member states, and training centers to realize this goal, including the following:

  • Develop joint methodologies for evaluating the readiness of military contingents and an independent mechanism for pre-deployment evaluation of skills and knowledge.
  • Incorporate minimum UN training standards into curricula in national training institutions
  • Share information to track trainees’ deployment and assess the added value of training to peacekeeping operations.

This report is the fifth paper in the Providing for Peacekeeping series, published by IPI in partnership with Griffith University and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.