The opening ceremony to mark the beginning of
the first international UN Peacekeeping Military Observers Course was organized
by the Centre for International Peace & Stability (CIPS) – NUST Institute
of Peace & Conflict Studies (NIPCONS) in the H12 Campus on 20 October 2014.
Nine overseas participants are attending the
course. They belong to Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Myanmar, Sri
Lanka, Ukraine, Zambia, Zimbabwe and 22 Pakistani peacekeepers (21 army
officers and one naval officer) including two ladies are also attending the
The event was attended by members of the
diplomatic corps, defence attaches, representatives of UN agencies and ICRC. Welcoming
the participants of the course, Rector NUST Engineer Muhammad Asghar
highlighted the fact that Pakistan had over a half a century of rich experience
in UN peacekeeping and ranks among the top Troop Contributing Countries (TCC)
of the world. Pakistani contribution in UN peacekeeping has been recognized
internationally by no less a person than the UN Secretary General himself.
CIPS is the only peacekeeping training school in the world that has the
unique honour of being inaugurated by the UN Secretary General.
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