By Carolina Militão
Brasília – Military Intelligence officers, Brazilians and foreigners, and Military Police officers were trained, between October 4th and 14th, to act in Peace Operations of the United Nations (UN). The specialization is one of the stages foreseen for the performance of the role of Military Peacekeeping – Intelligence and Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Course (CPOC).
The certifications took place at the Naval Peace Operations Center (COPazNav) and at the Brazilian Joint Center for Peace Operations (CCOPAB), both located in Rio de Janeiro. On both occasions, the UN representative of the Integrated Training Service (ITS), Major Muhammad Shahjada Omar Habib, and the representative of the Ministry of Defense, Frigate Captain André Cavalcanti da Silva Mello, were present to validate the learning of the military and police.
Peacekeeping – As part of the certification process of courses at reference centers, the United Nations representative verified the International Course for Intelligence Officers in Peacekeeping Operations, at COPazNav. In this activity, which lasted approximately one month (distance and face-to-face), ten officers, three of them foreigners, were prepared to exercise Peacekeeping attributions in support to UN peacekeeping operations. They also acquired knowledge about the organization’s military intelligence manual, among other instructions.
Afterwards, the UN Major evaluated the Internship on Protection of Civilians, at CCOPAB. During the ten-day period, 54 participants from the Brazilian Armed Forces, Military Police and foreign military from six countries received theoretical and practical instructions, conducted entirely in English. The objective was to prepare them to perform functions related to the systematic protection of civilians in peacekeeping operations.
Activities – During the visits, the representatives of the United Nations and of the MD verified the instruction documentation and watched several activities, in order to verify in loco the alignment of the training to the United Nations training architecture.
COPazNav and CCOPAB prepare Brazilian military personnel and those of friendly nations, as well as military police officers, for UN peacekeeping operations, favoring the efforts of the Ministry of Defense to contribute to international peace and security, through the availability of increasingly committed and capable human resources.
Photos: Disclosure – Special Advisory on Social Communication (Ascom) – Ministry of Defense (MD)
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