Seminar on Protecting Civilians during Peacekeeping Missions is Held in Beijing

Seminar on protecting civilians during peacekeeping missions held in Beijing

June 7, Beijing

A seminar on protecting civilians during United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations was held on 17 June in Beijing. The three day seminar was the first of its kind, jointly held by the Ministry of National Defense, the Peacekeeping Training Center and UN Women.
    

The purpose of the seminar was to improve the knowledge and understanding of issues related to the protection of civilian operations framework, including conflict related sexual violence and child protection.

  

Women and children are increasingly present on the frontlines of war and conflict. They are vulnerable groups who are often subject to abuse and exploitation, including the use of sexual violence as an intimidation tactic.
   

In his opening address, UN Resident Coordinator Alain Noudehou noted that it is for this reason that peacekeepers must be highly professional.
   

He said: “They must be trained to act according to the highest standards of professional military conduct and integrity.” 
   

China is currently the largest contributor to peacekeeping operations out of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, followed by the United Kingdom. China has been actively participating in UN peacekeeping operations since the 1990s. It has participated in 24 missions and has deployed more than 27,000 troops. There are currently 2026 Chinese troops deployed in nine missions around the world.
 

The protection of civilians under threat in post armed conflict areas is a key task that is mandated by the UN. A safe and secure environment allows for greater participation of civilians in the development of long term peace building institutions in conflict ridden countries.


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