ACCORD/TfP Participates in a Trilaterally Organised Protection of Civilians (PoC) Course
Rwanda, The United States of America (USA) and the Netherlands collectively planned and organised a Trilaterally managed Protection of Civilians (PoC) course which was based primarily on the Kigali PoC Principles that were crafted by a number of nations in May 2015 in Kigali in their effort to contribute to the global management of the ever changing dynamic posed by contemporary threats to vulnerable civilians caught up in conflict and who look up to Peacekeepers operating within the framework of Peace Support Operations (PSOs). The course ran from 09 – 16 November 2016 and was hosted at the Rwanda Peace Academy (RPA), that is in the western region of Rwanda. Thirty six (36) Course participants were drawn from the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, the USA and Zambia. The course participants were mostly middle management military and police officers with four civilians from government and Civil Society organisations (ACCORD and the Washington based Centre For Civilians In Conflict). Facilitators for the course were from the Netherlands and Rwandan former mission leaders with a few being drawn from the United Nations MONUSCO Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
So far thirty eight (38) countries across the world have endorsed the principles and Rwanda continues to invite more countries to endorse them as the principles outline and give guidance to Peacekeepers on how to manage PoC in PSOs.