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The Peace Operations Training Institute provides globally accessible self-paced online, on-demand courses on peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations at little to no cost to the student. We are committed to bringing essential, practical knowledge to military personnel, police, and civilians working towards peace worldwide.

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What POTI Provides

The Peace Operations Training Institute offers e-learning courses on current topics in peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations. Our training provides the flexibility and accessibility for students to study at their own pace. Our curriculum aims to build solid, practical knowledge of United Nations peacekeeping operations and related topics. Our course materials are written by a former Special Representative of the Secretary-General, a former Military Adviser to the UN Secretary-General, a former Force Commander, respected academics and technical specialists, and courses developed in partnership with the Australian Federal Police, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the World Health Organization (WHO), various national and international peacekeeping training centres, the University for Peace, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

About POTI

The Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) provides globally accessible self-paced, online, on-demand courses on peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations at little to no cost to the student. they are committed to bringing essential, practical knowledge to military personnel, police, and civilians working towards peace worldwide.

POTI has more than 10 years of experience providing distance training in peacekeeping operations. POTI alumni serve in the interest of peace all over the world. They are military peacekeepers, police, and civilians actively working in the field on missions, academics teaching the next generation, diplomats, stability sector personnel, and high-ranking officials, among others. Each year, tens of thousands of dedicated individuals from more than 190 nations expand their skills and knowledge with POTI e-learning.

The self-paced, downloadable format of the Institute’s courses allows students to study peacekeeping topics from anywhere in the world at any time. The curriculum fulfils many training needs, including preparing for deployment to a peacekeeping mission, increasing effectiveness in the field, complementing study in the classroom, and increasing insight and knowledge of the UN System.

The Peace Operations Training Institute is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in the United States of America. We are an independent nonprofit organization governed by an international Board of Directors.

Mission

The Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) provides globally accessible self-paced, online, on-demand courses on peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations at little to no cost to the student. We are committed to bringing essential, practical knowledge to military personnel, police, and civilians working towards peace worldwide.

Recognition

from the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations

POTI courses and programmes have been repeatedly welcomed by the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34). Its official recommendations for 2018, appearing in UN document A/72/19, indicate in paragraph 404 and 406:

404. The Special Committee welcomes technological platforms, including e-learning, which supplement traditional training methods and provide access to standardized training materials across a widely distributed population of military, police and civilian peacekeepers. In this regard, the Special Committee welcomes the development of peacekeeping e-learning courses by the Integrated Training Service. The Special Committee welcomes the free and multilingual delivery of e–learning courses on peacekeeping, such as those provided by the Peace Operations Training Institute, including E-Learning for African Peacekeepers and E-Learning for Peacekeepers from Latin America and the Caribbean. The Special Committee also welcomes the integrated distance learning programmes provided directly to the peacekeeping missions by the Institute. The Special Committee fully supports the further development and delivery of such e-learning and training initiatives and also encourages Member States to support them through voluntary financial contributions. The Special Committee therefore encourages the Department of Peacekeeping Operations to work with all interested parties to develop a coherent strategy for the delivery of economical and efficient United Nations-endorsed e-learning in order to further enhance the effectiveness of peacekeeping.
406. The Special Committee underscores that, with regard to support for Member States, the Integrated Training Service should focus primarily on enhancing and building peacekeeping training, including capacity enhancement for mandate implementation, and that all United Nations entities engaged in training initiatives specifically or uniquely aimed at peacekeepers should coordinate these activities through the Service. The Special Committee urges the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support to continue to work with Member States, the University for Peace, UNITAR, the Peace Operations Training Institute and other training partners to provide support in peacekeeping training to Member States, improve the dissemination of training materials, including to the field, raise awareness of peacekeeping training initiatives and develop partnerships and enhance strategic networking to help to match training resources to prioritized needs.

You can read the full report in the six official languages of the UN on the UN website.

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COURSES 

The Peace Operations Training Institute provides globally accessible and affordable self-paced, online, on-demand courses on peace support, humanitarian relief, and security operations. We are committed to bringing essential, practical knowledge to military personnel, police, and civilians working towards peace worldwide.

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Introduction to the UN System: Orientation for Serving on a UN Field Mission

Free Tuition for All. This course introduces the purpose and principles of the United Nations, its institutional framework, and its active leadership role in the global pursuit of peace, security, and development. See more

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Principles and Guidelines for UN Peacekeeping Operations

Free Tuition for All. The Institute’s course, Principles and Guidelines, is designed to teach this UN doctrine to all UN personnel serving in the field and at Headquarters as well as to those who are new to UN Peacekeeping. See more

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Ethics in Peace Operations

This course provides a basic overview and understanding of ethics in peacekeeping. Through the use of case studies and practical examples, this compilation aims to serve as a guideline for peacekeepers in the field and provides some perspectives concerning the major aspects of modern-day peacekeeping from an ethical point of view. See more

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UN Military Specialised Training Materials on Child Protection

Free Tuition for All. New Course! These training modules aim at introducing child protection concepts and providing child protection mission-specific tactical situations to military and police contingent leaders and staff. These course materials have been sourced directly from the United Nations Peacekeeping Resource Hub under a revocable licence issued by the Integrated Training Service. 

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Human Rights

This course is a comprehensive historical overview of the theory and practice of human rights. It explores the different kinds of human rights, the various international and regional documents necessary to protect and enforce them, and the historical difficulties and conflicts that have occurred in spite of, and often because of, human rights. See more

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Human Rights and Peacekeeping

This course examines the cross-cutting principles and obligations concerning human rights within the specific context of armed conflicts and United Nations peace operations. See more

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Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution

Free Tuition for All. Recently Updated! The overall aim of this course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the field of Conflict Resolution and its application, both theoretically and practically, to peacekeeping intervention in contemporary international conflicts. See more

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International Humanitarian Law and the Law of Armed Conflict

Recently Updated! This course covers International Humanitarian Law as applied to soldiers, humanitarian workers, refugees, displaced persons, and others involved with armed conflict. See more

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Protection of Civilians

With violence increasing around the globe, the protection of civilians (POC) has become a cornerstone of United Nations peacekeeping mandates. This edition of Protection of Civilians explores the history of POC, its application in current events, and practical options for consideration for those undertaking this task. 

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Protection of Cultural Property: Online Course for the Military, Police, and Law Enforcement

Free Tuition for All. New Course! This course is co-published with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and is based on the UNESCO Military Manual on Cultural Property Protection. It has been developed to support the implementation of rules governing the protection of cultural property, which aim to protect cultural property before, during, and after armed conflict and prevent it from being destructed, pillaged, looted, or illicitly trafficked. See more

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Civil-Military Coordination in Peace Operations

Free Tuition for All. Civil-military coordination provides the interface between the military component of a UN peace operation and the political, humanitarian, developmental, human rights, and rule of law components of the mission, as well as others in the larger peacebuilding system. See more

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Leading Within United Nations Peace Operations

Free Tuition for All. This course was designed for military, police, and civilian students who may find themselves in leadership positions in peacekeeping operations, or for those wishing to understand the responsibilities and difficulties that come with commanding a peacekeeping operation. See more

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Humanitarian Relief Operations

Free Tuition for All. Recently Updated! This course teaches students how humanitarian relief is provided to refugees and victims of war and natural disasters. The course begins with a history of humanitarian relief and highlights the development of humanitarian action in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and various international humanitarian organizations. See more

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Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR): A Practical Overview

The aim of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) process is to contribute to security and stability in post-conflict situations so that recovery and development can begin. See more

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Ebola Virus Disease: Awareness and Precautions for Peacekeeping Personnel

Free Tuition for All. This course, developed in partnership with the World Health Organization, is intended to be a general introductory primer to Ebola awareness and prevention for peacekeepers who are not working in a medical or public health capacity. See more

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Mine Action and Explosive Hazard Management: Humanitarian Impact, Technical Aspects, and Global Initiatives

Free Tuition for All. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have collaborated with POTI to develop this course, which offers a comprehensive introduction to the policies, procedures, and standards that shape Mine Action activity around the world as countries and NGOs pursue the eradication of these hazards. See more

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The Role of United Nations Police in Peace Operations

Free Tuition for All. Developed in partnership with the Australian Federal Police, this course translates current UN Police policies into practical and clear guidance that will help UN Police perform their mandated tasks in the field. It covers the history of UN policing, including synopses of key documents, and offers an overview of the structure and reporting lines of the UN Police Division and a typical peace operation. See more

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Peacebuilding

This course introduces students to the concept of peacebuilding by examining the major actors (namely international organizations) working in the field of peacebuilding, key documents, especially An Agenda for Peace and Supplement to an Agenda for Peace, and the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. See more

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UN Specialised Training Materials on United Nations Military Observers

Free Tuition for All. New Course! This comprehensive training package provides students with the UN pre-deployment requirements and materials specifically designed for UNMO. It combines the Conceptual, Legal, and Operational Frameworks and mainstreams the relevant aspects of the protection of civilians, gender, Security Risk Management, and improvised explosive device safety. These course materials have been sourced directly from the United Nations Peacekeeping Resource Hub under a revocable licence issued by the Integrated Training Service. See more

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Gender Perspectives in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

This course addresses the conceptual and operational issues involved in integrating a gender perspective into multidimensional peace operations. It describes the problems related to gender within contemporary armed conflict by contextualizing the evolution of gender relations within the history of world conflict. See more

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Preventing Violence Against Women and Promoting Gender Equality in Peacekeeping

Free Tuition for All. Developed in partnership with DCAF – Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance. Gender inequality and violence against women affect the lives of every person, regardless of age or gender. This course aims to assist peacekeeping personnel to promote the human rights and security of women and girls. See more

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Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Africa

Free Tuition for All. Developed in partnership with UN Women. While informative for any student interested in the topic, this course was specially designed for people who work in the area of peace and security at the national or regional levels in Africa and require a practical tool to support and facilitate the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. See more

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Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Asia and the Pacific

Free Tuition for All. Developed in partnership with UN Women. While informative for any student interested in the topic, this course was specially designed for people who work in the area of peace and security at the national or regional levels in Asia and the Pacific and require a practical tool to support and facilitate the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. See more

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Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean

Free Tuition for All. Developed in partnership with UN Women. While informative for any student interested in the topic, this course was specially designed for people who work in the area of peace and security at the national or regional levels in Latin America and the Caribbean and require a practical tool to support and facilitate the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda. See more

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Logistical Support to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: An Introduction

This course introduces students to logistics operations in UN peace operations. This basic course gives the background and rationale behind UN Peacekeeping logistics and the strategy employed in the field and at Headquarters, among other topics. See more

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Operational Logistical Support of UN Peacekeeping Missions: Intermediate Course

Recent years have seen a proliferation of United Nations logistics-related manuals, directives, and training materials tied to the Global Field Support Strategy and its effects on mission support. 

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The History of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations During the Cold War: 1945 to 1987

This course provides students with an understanding of the genesis, origin, evolution, functioning, and effectiveness of UN Peacekeeping during the Cold War. See more

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The History of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations Following the Cold War: 1988 to 1996

This course traces the resurgence and subsequent retrenchment of UN Peacekeeping and peace enforcement during the years following the Cold War, discussing both the successes and failures. 

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The History of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations from Retrenchment to Resurgence: 1997 to 2006

This course traces the retrenchment of UN peacekeeping operations in the late 1990s and early twenty-first century, which led to an increase in the size, scope, and complexity of new and existing UN peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations. See more

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The History of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations from 2000–2020

New Course! This course provides a general summary of major trends and patterns in UN peacekeeping during the twenty-first century and provides short histories of 30 UN peace operations active between 2000 and mid-2020. See more

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Send whatsapp message to +2348113534518 to find out if there is a tutorial class. 

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