Training Agency:Nonviolent Peaceforce
Registration deadline:10 May 2019
Training date:20 May 2019to28 Jun 2019—
In partnership with Merrimack University, Nonviolent Peaceforce is offering a six-week course on Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP). The course offers the opportunity to explore the tenants of UCP and introduces methods and required skills involved in UCP and will cover the essential knowledge and methods for UCP.
What is Unarmed Civilian Protection?
Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) is the practice of civilians protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict, imminent violence, and post-crisis situations. It involves expatriate civilians protecting national civilians, national civilians protecting each other, and even national civilians protecting expatriate civilians. The practice of UCP is nonviolent and nonpartisan. Protection is provided on invitation from local actors. It supports local actors as they work to address the roots and consequences of violent conflict. UCP is grounded in international law, in the principle of civilian immunity in war, and in the protection afforded by international conventions. This course provides an introduction to the foundations of UCP, its principles, methods and required skills, and it offers an overview of UCP in practice, including its application through the different stages of a conflict and its active support of local nonviolent strategies of civilian protection UCP has recently been recommended in resolutions by the UN General Assembly and Security Council. . Permission of the chair of the Department of Political Science is required.
Who should take this course?
The course is intended for leadership and staff of aid organizations working in conflict situations who are interested in strengthening their capabilities to protect the people they serve, as well as their own staff. The course is also designed for a broader audience of civilian, military and police personnel working in conflict and post-conflict environments.
TUITION Students can register for this course for academic credit or non-credit professional development certificate. Academic Credit – earned 4 credits for $375 per credit for a total cost of $1500 Non-credit Professional Development Certificate – earn 6 Continuing Education Units for $750