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The Kenya Defence Force (KDF) Quick Response Force 4 (QRF 4) and the Kenya Signals 3 (KENSIG 3) commenced today a two-week Pre-Deployment Training Course at our Humanitarian Peace Studies School (HPSS) at Embakasi.The Centre’s Director, J C Sitienei, welcomed the Chief Guest, General Officer Commanding Eastern Command (EASTCOM) who officially opened the course.
 
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The aim of the course is to enhance field conditions knowledge, readiness, safety and security awareness, and basic peacekeeping policies and procedures before encountering any peace support operations areas.
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The Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) is hosting a Protection of Civilians (POC) workshop sponsored by the Switzerland Government, Stimson Centre and Center For Civilians in Conflict. The Centre’s Director Brig J C Sitienei welcomed the Chief Guest, the Commandant Kenya Military Academy (KMA) Major General A Kiugu.
 
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This year marks 25 years since UN Security Council adopted the first thematic resolution on protection of civilians in armed conflict and authorised the first UnN peacekeeping mission with an explicit protection of civilians mandate.
 
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During his speech, Maj Gen Kiugu mentioned that a thorough evaluation of the current frameworks is necessary because the issue of protecting civilians in peacekeeping operations is currently facing a number of difficulties. According to him, the purpose of this is to spark a sincere conversation that will help guide future deployment decisions. Since protecting civilians is one of our top priorities, these decisions should be structured to ensure that the military, police, and civilian components are involved at all stages of the mission.
 
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The dialogue and discussions are aimed at enhancing the POC in conflict zones and is of significance to the Centre as a training institute for POC is top priority of all mission areas.
In attendance was the Commandant of HPSS, John Rongoei, Senior Fellow and Director, Protecting Civilians and Human Security Program, Stimson Center, Lisa Sharland, Researcher, UN program, Center for Civilians in Conflict(CIVIC), Abigail Balde, Coordination Officer, Protection of Civilians, UN Dept of Peace Operations, Lorena Escobal, Senior Advisor, Protection of Civilians, MONUSCO, Teohna Williams, Chief of the Military Operations Center, Minusca(Multi-dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic) and Coordinator, Human Rights, Compliance and Accountability Project, African Union Commission, Adebayo Kareem.
 
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The Centre’s director Brig J C Sitienei officially commenced the Humanitarian Improvised Explosive Device (IED) response Workshop, sponsored by the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) The workshop targets humanitarian agencies within the Mine action sector where IED is also a threat.
 
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The participants are from 12 different agencies within the region focusing on Mine action agencies. The Workshop would deliberate and discuss the role of humanitarian agencies towards IED threat while focusing on the regional threat.
 
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The workshop will also identify the best way forward for the humanitarian agencies in IED response in a humanitarian context.GICHD 6GICHD 4

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