The Department of Defence has launched a new digital training platform to support training and engagement for Australian and regional peacekeepers.
The Peace Operations Training Environment Partnership is a new online learning platform designed to provide relevant, contemporary learning activities to support delivery of United Nations core and specialised training, according to Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester.
“This digital training will ensure those looking at undertaking peacekeeping will be able to do it in a time and location that is convenient to them — something of particular importance as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic — and will ensure they are appropriately equipped,” Minister Chester said.
“The United Nations intervenes in environments which are often dangerous and volatile and it is critical that all peacekeepers are equipped with insights and training, developed through decades of operational experience.”
At present, 27 Australian Defence Force personnel are currently deployed on UN missions.
Australia has contributed to more than 50 multinational peacekeeping operations over 70 years. Australian military personnel, police and civilians have made a significant contribution to worldwide peacekeeping operations.
“A significant feature of this online platform is that it offers our UN partners free access to an open training resource, which allows each contributing nation to tailor it for their own training requirements,” Minister Chester said.
“I congratulate the Australian Defence Force Peace Operations Training Centre for coming up with this fantastic training resource.”