The Chief Guest Col Nihial Arou (Center Holding a Folder) after the Ceremony

The POC course sponsored by the Government of Japan through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was officially opened on Monday, 04th August 2014 by Col Nhial Arou, Coordinator for External Training from Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) headquarters. He said that the training came at the right moment when the country is in the process of transforming her institutions. He noted that as stipulated in the South Sudan constitution, the security organs are obliged to protect all civilian populations without discrimination and therefore there is need to equip the participants with significant tools in accordance with the international norms and ethics which will act as a transformation strategy.

The Course Director LTC Kombo (left) Chatting with Mr. Richard Thwaites, the Representative of JCCP

The Course started with eighteen (18) participants and more are expected by Tuesday, 05th August 2014. The course aim is to provide knowledge and skills on POC in Africa and in particular South Sudan through an understanding of the various national, regional and international legal frameworks for protecting civilians from adverse effects of conflicts. Other dignitaries who graced the opening ceremony included Mr. Richard Thwaites, the representative of Japanese Centre for Conflict and Prevention (JCCP) who reiterated the critical role that POC plays in a multidimensional complex peacekeeping today.

POC Course Group Photo

The IPSTC Team leader LTC Kombo thanked the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GOSS), Japan/UNDP and UNMISS for their support and cooperation. He called for more areas of cooperation and the need to build capacity for the GOSS.