CUNPK Prelude ImagePeacekeeping, as defined by the United Nations, is "a way to help countries torn by conflict create conditions for sustainable peace." Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Helmets because of their light blue helmets) can include soldiers, civilian police officers, and other civilian personnel.

Peacekeeping operations are special operations requiring a doctrine and special techniques from a synthesis of research and experience. To fulfill this need, the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), has been set up in New Delhi, drawing on India's vast experience in the field of UN Peacekeeping. The Centre conducts International Training Capsules for Military Contingent Officers, Military Observers, and Staff and Logistics Officers. The Centre regularly organizes Seminars, Joint Working Groups and Command Post Exercises at the National and International level. CUNPK is also a repository of information on India’s involvement in UN Peacekeeping and is continuing to build and update its research on peacekeeping related issues.

Since October 2005, CUNPK has taken the responsibility for the Secretariat of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC).

A vast pool of experienced personnel, well attuned to the requirements of training, internationally developed theories, modern methods of instruction, and progressive development, are the cornerstones of the Centre.

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Our Role

CUNPK Role ImageThe CUNPK functions under the directions of a Board of management under the Chairmanship of Vice Chief of the Army Staff and its role is to:

  • Act as a training facility, aimed at providing integrated training in UNPKO to Military Contingent Officers / Military Observers and Staff Officers.
  • Provide similar training facilities to personnel from friendly foreign countries.
  • Train the Trainers and then monitor pre induction training of contingents through COs.
  • Promote research in all facets of PKOs and facilitate intellectual exchange by organising international seminars / discussions.
  • Enhance and update the doctrinal aspects of training.

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Training ImagesThe main purpose of training capsules is to prepare personnel for specialized duties while serving under the UN flag. They are also made conversant with UN history, past conflicts, background, culture and religious aspects of the conflict and about other UN organizations and procedures in the conflict area. The Centre prepares:

  • Contingent officers to train their troops in UN Peacekeeping techniques.
  • Military Observers to monitor cease-fire agreements, withdrawal of forces etc.
  • Staff Officers to perform their duties in the Headquarters of Peacekeeping Missions and other levels.
  • Logistic Officers to formulated and execute logistic plans to support Peacekeeping Missions.

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Courses Offered

International Courses


    Contingents training include the training of soldiers in the respective functions and in cooperating within the unit, training in special skills necessary for the effective performance of the unit. The UN Military Contingent Officers Course (UNMCOC) aims to prepare contingent officers for effective execution of their tasks as part of Military Contingents and to equip them for training their troops in UN Peacekeeping techniques.

    Duration : 3 weeks
    Participants : Selected potential instructors from the Contingents (Upto 25 foreign participants)
    Language : English
    Frequency : One per year

    The job of a military observer requires professionalism, self control and courage. The task is exhausting and dangerous. Moreover, officers serving as military observers are unarmed. Military Observers monitor and observe. They recover and report changes. In doing so, they make sure that threats to agreements are recognized, relayed to those responsible and made known to the international community. This, in most cases, is sufficient to avoid escalation. The UN Military Observers Course provides a unique opportunity for future Military Observers to interact with one another prior to deployment, and develop strong inter personal bonds so crucial for a successful mission. Cross fertilization of ideas and a sound understanding of each other’ role goes a long way in developing a well rounded perspective for the future ‘Blue Berets’.

    Duration : 3 weeks
    Participants : Potential Military Observers (Upto 25 foreign participants)
    Language : English
    Frequency : One per year

    Logistic for UN Missions is a very complex affair, there being a multiplicity of agencies in the field involved in the gargantuan task of sustaining a Mission. A logistic Officer must be able to function in a cross culture environment, be adept in logistic management of the Mission and be able to formulate and execute logistic plans in accordance with the progress of peacekeeping operations.

    The task of a staff officer is no less crucial. Staff Duties in international operations is a demanding and specialized task that offers a fascinating opportunity of working with people from all over the world. The tasks include planning, issue and monitoring of operational instructions/orders collections and dissemination of information; planning and execution of logistic tasks and maintaining databases of personnel and material resources. Minimum supervision and constrains of time require a staff Officer to display foresight, initiative, independence of thought, meticulous planning and execution of complex tasks.

    Duration : 3 weeks
    Participants : Prospective UN Staff & Logistic officers (Upto 25 foreign participants)
    Language : English
    Frequency : One per year

National Courses

  1. National UN Course (NUNC)

    This course aims to prepare Indian Armed Forces Officers for effective execution of their tasks as part of United Nations Peacekeeping Missions. The course includes Introduction to Role, Organisation and Functioning of the UN, Organisation and Function of DPKO and DFS; Principles, Techniques and Nature of Peacekeeping Operations, Code of Conduct for Peacekeepers, Negotiation and Mediation Techniques, Logistics and Administrative Aspects in Peacekeeping and Mission specific Computer Based and/or Map Exercises.

    Duration : 1 week
    Participants : Officers selected for duties in UN Peacekeeping Missions. (Only Indian Armed Forces officers)
    Language : English
    Frequency : Eight in a year

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Course Administrative details

How to Apply: All interested foreign participants should contact the Ministry of External Affairs "(Joint Secretary, UNP Division)" in India through the Indian Embassy in their respective countries and/or Director CUNPK ([email protected]) or call +91-11- 26713620.

Accommodation: All participants will be accommodated at a suitable facility at New Delhi.

Costs: The training costs for all candidates will be borne by the Centre. For each of the above mentioned courses, for Officers from Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) or emerging TCCs; Government of India also bears the complete cost of to and fro airfare, accommodation, meals and visit the historical places in India (Agra /Jaipur and Delhi) for 15 officers (one from each country) on a first come first serve basis. The other officers would be expected to pay for the accommodation and meals at the rate of US $ 110 per day.

Postal Address: Kindly view Contact CLAWS Page.

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Contingent Training

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The Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping is mandated to impart Pre Deployment Training to all contingents fielded by Indian Army for peacekeeping. The centre trains the contingents of the unit and thereafter the training is carried out by these trainers under the direct supervision & guidance of the centre. Units undergo orientation training for peacekeeping for duration of four to six weeks in their respective operational/ peace areas immediately on nomination for a peacekeeping mission. Upon arrival in Delhi, prior to induction the units undergo an intensive Pre Deployment Training cycle for a duration of six months whereby the units receive a comprehensive and a holistic training for their role in mission areas. The Pre Deployment training is mission specific and draws heavily from the extensive experience of six decades in peacekeeping. The administrative activities of equipping and preparing the contingent for the mission proceed concurrently at New Delhi.

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Concept Development

Sharing of peacekeeping experiences through regular interaction with other friendly foreign countries helps in enhancing and updating the doctrinal aspects of training. The Centre conducts Peacekeeping Seminars, Joint Working Group Meetings, Workshops, and Multinationals Peacekeeping Exercises to facilitate this process. The Centre conducts 3-4 such events every year, and the programme is announced on annual basis.

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Multinational Linkages

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