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Principles and Guidelines for UN Peacekeeping Operations


Resource posted by: Peace Operations Training Institute

Created on: May 2, 2011

Resource description

This course has been produced with the cooperation of the Peacekeeping Best Practices Section of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations' Policy, Evaluation and Training Division. It is based on the internal DPKO/DFS publication entitled United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Principles and Guidelines, which is more widely known under its informal name Capstone Doctrine. This publication is a comprehensive document that defines and promulgates available peacekeeping doctrine, definitions, procedures, and policy. In ten chapters, it introduces the concept and evolution of UN Peacekeeping, explains the decision process that precedes the deployment of a peacekeeping operation, and then the planning process to implement that decision. It also discusses the art of successful mandate implementation and addresses the management of peacekeeping operations, how operations are supported and sustained, and how they are concluded at their termination. The Institute course Principles and Guidelines is designed to teach this DPKO doctrine to all UN personnel serving in the field and at Headquarters, as well as to those who are new to UN peacekeeping. Ten lessons, 208 pages.

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This online, self-paced, course is offered FREE OF CHARGE by the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI). Visit and enrol today.


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