UN peacekeepers in a ceremony in the North Darfur capital of El Fasher.
A partner country instructor teaches trainees methods for conducting a search.
A partner country instructor teaches trainees during a command post exercise.
A peacekeeping contingent from Sierra Leone is welcomed back from deployment to UNAMID (United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur).
GPOI’s Phase II mission is to enhance international capacity to effectively conduct United Nations and regional peace operations by building partner country capabilities to train and sustain peacekeeping proficiencies; increasing the number of capable military troops and formed police units (FPUs) available for deployment; and facilitating the preparation, logistical support, and deployment of military units and FPUs to peace operations.
As noted in the Phase I discussion, the program’s first five years (fiscal years 2005-2009) focused on significantly increasing the number of trained and equipped peacekeepers available for deployment. Current activities under Phase II continue to ensure sufficient numbers of capable peacekeepers are available for peace operations. However, program emphasis has shifted from the direct training of peacekeepers by U.S. personnel to building sustainable, self-sufficient, national peace operations training capabilities in targeted partner countries. GPOI-funded activities particularly emphasize the establishment and strengthening of partner countries’ training infrastructures.
Toward these ends, Phase II program objectives are as follows:
In addition to these key program objectives, GPOI is contributing to a number of important strategic-level initiatives, to include:
* The GPOI program plays a supporting role in FPU capacity building efforts. GPOI efforts in this area seek to complement FPU train and equip activities managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). GPOI’s primary engagement in this area continues to be funding and managing the U.S. Government’s contributions to the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units (COESPU) in Vicenza, Italy.