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03 Oct 2012 description

The Pearson Centre is supporting a long-time partner, the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), in reviewing its Policy for Peacekeeping Operations from a gender perspective.

The policy review, which will be launched with a workshop in Freetown in the first week of October 2012, is an opportunity for the SLP to examine emerging issues and challenges in the management of peacekeeping deployments, while focusing on gender and the specific needs of its female peacekeepers.

21 Nov 2011 description

The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre will visit Botoga, Colombia from November 21 to 25 to consult with its peacekeeping training centre, the Colombian International Missions and Integral Action School (ESMAI) on its development needs in regard to integrated peacekeeping training activities.

17 Aug 2011 description

The purpose of gender mainstreaming in peace operations is to ensure that the needs of men and women in host societies are met adequately, and documents such as Resolution 1325 are important tools for international organizations and peacekeeping troops in this work. The success of mainstreaming, however, depends on how seriously international actors incorporate gender sensitivity into their policies and practices.

27 Jul 2011 description

Trainings will contribute to protecting women and children from sexual violence and child soldiering

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. (July 26, 2011)—World Vision, the Child Soldiers Initiative and the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre have launched training programs in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to aid in the protection of children and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. The training of DRC’s national army and the United Nations staff is generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT).

26 Apr 2011 description

The latest volume of The Pearson Papers is a collection of English and Spanish articles by academics and practitioners from the Americas who share their perspectives, experience and lessons learned on a multitude of core issues within or closely related to peace operations.

The articles discuss a number of topics including:

22 Oct 2010 description

Film Launch on the Role and Impact of Female Police Officers in Peace Operations and Panel Discussion on Advancing the Global Effort to 20% by 2014 - sharing best practices in the recruitment of female police officers for international peacekeeping

New York, USA

01 Sep 2010 description

Conflicts are shaped by the specifics of history and culture, and by the convergence of political and economic forces. Every conflict is unique - and requires a unique solution.

14 Jun 2010 description

From May 26 to 28, 2010, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre delivered several modules of its Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) course at the School of Peacekeeping in Bamako (EMP).

The goal was to familiarize participants with DDR techniques and to form a pool of qualified staff capable of performing DDR tasks, namely:

- Understand the nature of conflict and peacebuilding;

- Integrate the context IDDRS (Integrated-Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration-and-Standard-) in a UN peacebuilding process;

- Learn the key elements of a DDR program;

- Learn …

16 Apr 2010 description

Seminar Report

Part I: Introduction

On April 14 to 16, 2010, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) in Ottawa, Canada and the Peruvian Peacekeeping Training Centre (CECOPAZ-Peru) organized a joint seminar entitled,

Handling Crises in Peace Operations: A Case Study of MINUSTAH in Lima, Peru.

01 Dec 2009 description

This volume of The Pearson Papers discusses the environment from a variety of perspectives. The volume is divided into three sections. Sections 1 and 2 explore considerations of the environment in complex settings and peace operations respectively, while section 3 offers a new way of considering
the environment.

04 Nov 2009 description

Executive Summary

The NATO armed forces deployed in Afghanistan cannot accomplish their mission without partnering with governmental bodies and nongovernmental agencies. The achievement of a stable, democratic and self-sustaining Afghanistan requires that the actors within the international community take an approach to rebuilding the country that rejects "go-it-alone" initiatives in favour of cooperation and coordination.

01 Sep 2009 description

Canada plays a leadership role on the world stage in many different ways. The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre's work in training and capacity building for complex peace operations is recognized internationally. This is what attracted me to its Board of Directors in 2006. To now sit as Chair is a truly rewarding experience as I am able to witness the incredibly positive impacts the PPC has around the globe.

07 Aug 2009 description

OTTAWA (Ontario, Canada) (7 août 2009) - Le Centre Pearson pour le maintien de la paix (CPMP) a contribué à l'avancement de la Résolution 1820 du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies, qui vise à prévenir la violence sexuelle en zone de conflit, en invitant des agentes de la police des Nations Unies (UNPOL) à assister au débat ouvert du Conseil de sécurité, à New York, au sujet de cette résolution.

Dans le cadre de cette importante initiative, trois agentes de l'UNPOL oeuvrant en Afrique et en Amérique ont pu exprimer leurs idées et parler de leur expérience devant les …

07 Aug 2009 description

OTTAWA (Ontario, Canada) (August 7, 2009) - The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) is advancing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1820 (UN SCR 1820), which addresses the prevention of sexual violence in conflict zones, by bringing United Nations Police (UNPOL) officers to the Security Council open-debate on UN SCR 1820 in New York.

This is an important initiative as it allowed three female UNPOL officers currently serving in Africa and the Americas to have their voices and experiences heard by decision makers. This serves to heighten the awareness of the challenges and …

24 Jul 2009 description


Roohullah Rahimi

Executive Summary

The resurgence of the Taliban in the form of a classic guerrilla force in the south and east of Afghanistan has hampered development and reconstruction efforts, as well as the process of consolidating the authority of the central government over the entire country.

01 May 2009 description

A select group of current and former policymakers and others representing the academic and non-governmental organization (NGO) communities convened on 29 May 2009 to consider the question of global security, looking ahead to 2014. The particular issue under review was Canada's potential future contribution to international peace and security through the application of intervention mechanisms and tools.

09 Mar 2009 description

OTTAWA, ON (March 9, 2009) - To mark International Women's Day, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre (PPC) is launching a video detailing its efforts towards preventing the sexual violence and abuse of women in Darfur.

The PPC received funding from the Government of Canada to enhance the knowledge and skills of African civilian police and military officers working in Darfur.

01 Dec 2008 description

The current issue of The Pearson Papers presents four ways of thinking about integration in the context of peace operations specifically and peace and security generally. Beyond simply acknowledging the need for greater cooperation and coordination in peace and security, the articles present different rationales and approaches for enhancing cooperation and coordination. The current issue also uses examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

01 Dec 2008 description

The practice and concept of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) in the context of UN peacekeeping interventions, has changed considerably the past few years. This change reflects an effort to develop an integrated approach capitalizing on combining the relevant strengths of the various UN actors in delivering a program which considers the longer-term peacebuilding and developmental needs of a post-conflict state in addition to the short-term cessation of violence and stabilization, traditionally the remit of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).