United Nations Holds Staff Officer Training Course in Vietnam

The opening ceremony of the United Nations staff officer training course at the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations was co-chaired by Canadian Ambassador Shawn Steil and Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Binh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army.

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A training course for United Nations staff officers is taking place at the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Hanoi, as part of Canada’s Military Training and Cooperation Programme (MTCP), according to VNA.

Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Binh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), and Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Shawn Steil co-chaired the opening ceremony on March 11.

At the opening ceremony of the UN staff officer training course. Photo: VNA

This course, hosted jointly by Canada and Vietnam under the Canada’s Military Training and Cooperation Programme (MTCP), represents the most significant collaboration to date, strengthening the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam, Canada, and international partners in the field of United Nations

peacekeeping

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The course will equip the staff officers with professional knowledge and skills, with the participation of 64 lecturers, coordinators, and officers.

Vietnamese and international students participating in the course will practice document drafting and combat planning skills based on realistic simulated situations. They will analyze and evaluate the situation, draft combat orders and plans, perform duties of a UN Staff Officer, and coordinate advisory tasks at the Mission Headquarters.

The course aims to enhance Vietnam’s capacity for organizing international training courses on UN peacekeeping operations, developing UN peacekeeping lecturers, and strengthening friendship and cooperation between Vietnam, Canada, and international partners.

At the UN staff officer training course. Photo: VNA

In his remarks, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Binh highlighted the whole-hearted and valuable support from Canada to Vietnam in the preparation and deployment of forces for UN peacekeeping operations over the past 10 years.

This is the first training course of its kind co-organized by Vietnam and Canada, and the fourth intensive international training course on UN peacekeeping jointly held in Vietnam by the two countries.

Canadian Ambassador Shawn Steil emphasized the cooperation between Vietnam and Canada in peacekeeping, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2023. The course further demonstrates the growing collaboration between the two countries in this field.

“The shared values and priorities of Canada and Vietnam, including those related to peace support activities and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, serve as a strong foundation for future cooperation and exchange activities under the Indo-Pacific Strategy Cooperation and Training and Support Program,” Ambassador Steil affirmed.

Hannah Nguyen