UNITED NATIONS GUIDELINES FOR THE TRAINING OF MILITARY OBSERVERS 2 July 1997 CONTENTS Section Topic 1 Foreword II Introduction III Pre-selection Criteria IV Training Objectives General Training Mission Specific Training In Mission Training V Recommended Resources SECTION I: FOREWORD As of May 1997, the United Nations was operating 11 Peacekeeping Missions involving 1,282 United Nations Military Observers (UNMOs) provided by 63 contributing countries. Many of these countries conduct specific national-level preparation and training for their UNMO personnel. Many of the countries also use other internationally recognized UNMO training programs to prepare their officers for special duty as a military observer. UNMOs are considered to be military 'Experts on Mission for the United Nations' This is an important distinction that lends credibility and legitimacy to their functions when they are deployed on a mission and symbolizes the international authority of the United Nations. In this respect, the international community cannot afford to delay implementing a UN mission mandate due to inadequately trained UNMOs. UNMOs are military officers assigned to serve with the United Nations or other international organizations on a loan basis by governments of contributing countries. While in the mission area, UNMOs are under the operational control of
Journal of International Peacekeeping – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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