Judicial Reform and the Empowerment of Victims
Zagreb, 28-29 Nov. 2012
UN and UNDP Resident Representative delivered UNPOC 2010 Certificates
10th anniversary of Croatia's participation in UN Peace keeping operations
This year's course participants included police and military officers from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Norway and Iraq. Beside lecturers from Germany, Norway, Austria and Slovenia, representatives of UNDP, UNICEF, UNHCR and ICTY participated as well. Considering the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, this year's UNPOC Croatia course put special emphasis on training of female police officers. Participating Countries were encouraged to nominate female police officers for the UNPOC. In the end 3 female police officers participated and completed the course.
The UN Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Louisa Vinton, opened the Course on 27 September with the Head of Directorate for European Integration and International cooperation of the Ministry of Interior, Filip Dragovic. In addition, the participants had a chance to meet UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Kosovo, Lamberto Zannier, who shared his knowledge and experience as head of the UN Mission in Kosovo.
The Ministry of Interior received in 2008 the UN certificate which acknowledges that the course is in accordance with UN standards for education of the police officers who will be deployed to the UN peace keeping operations. Through this two weeks course participants were able to gain theoretical and practical knowledge and learn additionally about the work of UNCT in Croatia and in the region.
On the closure of the Course on 8 October UN Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mrs. Louisa Vinton together with Head of Directorate for European Integration and International cooperation of the Ministry of Interior Mr. Filip Dragovic delivered the certificates to 19 participants. Ms. Vinton stressed how over the last two decades, the Republic of Croatia has gone from a country where UN peacekeepers from all over the world were once deployed, to a country that contributes UN peacekeepers to places all over the world. Croatia's experience as both a recipient and now a provider of international peace support services, makes it a valuable partner in the international community. The UN Country Team in Croatia will continue to support the Ministry of the Interior to ensure UNPOC Croatia continues to be successful and to prepare police officers for deployment to some of the world's least secure environments.
Mr. Dragović furthermore stressed that this year is the 10th anniversary how Republic of Croatia is participating in UN Peace keeping operations (PKO) and there are currently 12 police officers who are deployed to PKO in East Timor, Cyprus and Haiti. Since 2006 until today, 101 participants finished the UNPOC. He furthermore thanked the UNCT for the financial and organizational support.