This publication and course aims to make a contribution to the common objectives of protecting civilians and keeping peace. More specifically, it offers an introduction to the foundations and practices of Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping (UCP), its principles, sources of guidance, methods and required skills. Although the idea of UCP has been around for almost a century, it is only in its more recent manifestation that it has begun to receive serious attention in UN and donor circles as well as from the leadership of organizations and governments operating in settings of violent conflicts.
The primary audience for the manual consists of staff of aid agencies and civil society organizations working in conflict situations (at different levels and in different capacities) and interested in strengthening their capacities to protect the people they serve as well as their own staff. The secondary audience is constituted by individuals or groups interested to take part in UCP activities in the field. And finally, the manual addresses a broader audience including university students, journalists, and civilian, military, and police personnel working in conflict and postconflict environments (as part of a UN or non-UN operation) interested in gaining an appreciation of UCP principles, practices, methods, and required competencies. Moreover, some modules may be of interest to staff of donor agencies, and of governments facing violent conflict.
- Nonviolent Peaceforce and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. “Unarmed Civilian Protection: Strengthening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians Against Violence,” Online course manual, 2017.
- UNITAR, Strenghtening Civilian Capacities to Protect Civilians, web-based course: see the UNITAR website for the most up-to-date course offering