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UNDP seeks safety for civilians throughout battle

The United Nations Development Programme has urged safety companies to prioritise the safety of civilians and humanitarian staff throughout armed conflicts.

The organisation stated doing so would assist minimise casualties.

The Team Lead, Governance, Peace, and Security Unit, UNDP, Nigeria, Matthew Alao, said this on Tuesday in Abuja on the inauguration of the Comprehensive Protection of Civilians Course 36/2024.

Alao, represented by  Richard Olugula, famous that civilians usually endure essentially the most in battle zones worldwide.

He emphasised the necessity to guarantee their security, uphold their rights, and safeguard their dignity.

Alao stated, “There is a necessity to make sure ample safety of the civilian inhabitants by peacekeepers, safety personnel, and humanitarian staff throughout violent conflicts to minimise casualties.

“Civilians often bear the brunt of hostilities and uncertainties in conflict zones around the world.  There is a need to ensure their safety, uphold their rights and safeguard their dignities.”

He stated the course was designed to arm the members with the instruments and techniques essential to navigate the complexities of defending civilians in armed battle.

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”As we inaugurate this course in the present day, allow us to keep in mind that the true measure of our success lies within the constructive impression that we create within the lives of these we’re dedicated to defending.

”The safety of civilians isn’t just an expert name to obligation; it’s a ethical crucial.

”By enhancing our capabilities to guard civilians in armed battle, we contribute to a extra simply and peaceable world.

”I encourage you all to interact totally, be taught from each other, and take this chance to construct a sustainable community on your profession and management,” he stated.

Alao recommended Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre for its dedication and management in growing nationwide and regional capacities for peace help operations in any respect ranges.

The commandant, Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, Maj.-Gen. Ademola Adedoja, stated the centre was dedicated to enhancing peacekeeping operations in Nigeria and the African continent by means of coaching.

The commandant additionally stated that the course was aligned with the UN coaching requirements and certified members to be deployed in built-in peacekeeping operations similar to UN, AU, and ECOWAS missions.

The PUNCH experiences that the course drew members from the navy, para-military companies, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and non-governmental organisations in six West African nations, together with Nigeria.

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