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Training UN Police Officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Group photo, Julie Crowley

Julie Crowley, Political Counsellor, and participants in the Pearson Centre training session.

After a November exploratory visit facilitated by the Embassy of Canada in Kinshasa, the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre returned to give a training session on sexual violence to UN police officers. This training session allowed 15 police officers (from mainly African countries) to be made aware of these issues and to become familiar with the screening and processing of information related to sexual violence. At the closing ceremony hosted by the Embassy of Canada, participants expressed their appreciation for this extremely interactive and dynamic training session.

Moreover, taking advantage of the Pearson Centre in Kinshasa, the Embassy of Canada organized a working lunch with the embassies and international organizations involved in the reform of the Congolese police. It was an opportunity to discuss innovative security reform projects funded by the Global Peace and Security Fund (GPSF) and to promote Canadian excellence in peacekeeping.

Canadian Forces have been doing excellent work for a number of years for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), in cooperation with the presence of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers working with the United Nations Police.

Canada is recognized as a key partner in the protection of civilians and in the fight against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.