Brazilian Center for Peace Operations Leads General Officer Course

By Dialogo
April 24, 2013

General officers from the joint staffs of ten countries in the Americas, including Brazil, are participating in a peacekeeping mission training course until April 26, with the objective of becoming familiarized with new training materials for this type of activity.

Military officers from Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, the United States, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Uruguay are participating in the initiative sponsored by the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CCOPAB) and by the United Nations (UN) via the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

The students came together at the Ernani Ayrosa General Center, in Itaipava, Rio de Janeiro state since April 15, when they were briefed on their activities, as well as the the UN training’s planning and execution standards.

One class focuses on teaching techniques for instruction and evaluation. They are also covering topics such as the establishment and implementation of a UN writ of mandamus, and fundamental principles and functioning of the United Nations peacekeeping missions.

According to CCOPAB, the option of offering the course in Brazil reflects the “excellent performance” of the country in this type of operations, “especially in Haiti and Lebanon.” Members of the UN in the Philippines, France, Nepal, Pakistan, and Romania also participated in the event.

Recently, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice, visited CCOPAB in Rio de Janeiro before meeting with Minister of Defense Celso Amorim in Brasília. She praised the work performed by the country in peacekeeping missions and expressed the desire to have U.S. officers train in the Brazilian institution.

Brazil’s Sergio Vieira de Mello Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations was created on March 1, 2010 with the objective of supporting the training of soldiers, police officers and civilians from Brazil and friendly nations abroad in peacekeeping and humanitarian demining missions. This training is carried out by members of the Navy, Army, and Air Force, who develop internships, specialized in training and exercises to empower foreign missions.