IMPROVING SKILLS TO MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE
About POTC

The Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC) of Slovenia delivers training activities for military, police, and civilian personnel of our three overseeing ministries and for other civilian experts who can be deployed to peacekeeping operations and missions within the UN, EU, NATO, AU and OSCE umbrella. As contemporary security challenges are becoming ever more complex, integration of different methodologies and a multidimensional approach are needed to equip future mission members with the necessary skills and expertise. POTC, as an interdepartmental training centre, provides such comprehensive trainings.

Organisation and implementation of trainings for participation in peacekeeping operations and missions would not be possible without the support and cooperation of our three overseeing ministries: the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

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Our Mission

We offer specialised trainings for civilian personnel, police personnel and military personnel.

  • Pre-Deployment Trainings

Future mission members need to learn the specifics of the mission they will be deployed to, its mandate, OPLAN, special rules of operations of international civilian missions, and share experiences with experienced mission members. That is why we are preparing tailor-made country- and mission-specific pre-deployment training programs for future mission personnel.

  • Hostile Environment Awareness Trainings (HEAT)

Being able to effectively deal with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad is crucial for the well-being of a mission member and for the overall success of the mission as well. That is why we deliver intensive four-day courses for future mission members to deal effectively with risk-associated and emergency/critical situations while deployed in hostile environments abroad. The course is designed for individuals with little or no experience of working in conflict areas.

  • Cultural Heritage Protection

Cultural heritage is a common good passed from previous generations, and threats to cultural heritage can be an indicator of underlying tensions. Trafficking presents a considerable source of financing for international crime and terrorism, so we are paying more attention to protecting heritage in the security sector as well.

  • Gender Mainstreaming

Protection from discrimination on the basis of sex and gender is enshrined in the Slovenian constitution and equality between women and men is at the core of the foundational values of the EU and the UN. We equip training participants with knowledge and skills that help them engage and include women as stakeholders in the peace-building and peacekeeping process.

  • Protection of Civilians

In modern armed conflicts, civilian deaths often overtake those of soldiers and armed fighters. Protection of civilians is a broad topic touching on international law, human rights, conflict-related sex- and gender-based violence, minority rights, methodologies for protection of civilians from physical violence, etc. If necessary, this can also be performed by the use of force. We equip participants with a basic understanding of the core topics and approaches.

  • Training of Trainers (ToT)

Dissemination of knowledge and teaching are skills which a lot of security experts still lack. Training of Trainers aims to develop the didactic, pedagogical, and technical skills of participants who will assume trainer roles in international missions and operations, in order to achieve the maximum effect when transferring knowledge and skills. It is tailored to specific peace and security contexts.

WORK PROGRAMME 2024

In 2024 we are covering the following topics:

  • Training of Trainers – Namibia
  • Gender Mainstreaming in UN Peace Operations and Missions Training
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Gender in Operations
  • Climate Change, Peace and Security Training
  • Disruptive Military Technologies and Practices Training
  • International Humanitarian Law Training
  • Engagement with the Local Community Training
  • Trafficking of People – Training of Trainers
  • Strategic Communication in the Peace Operations Context Training
  • Sahel Region: Peace and Security Perspective Seminar
  • HEAT Slovenia – Hostile Environment Awareness Training
  • Environmental Peacebuilding Training (with the Geneva Water Hub)
  • Individual Diplomatic Security Training (Rotation of 2024)
  • Protection of Civilians Training
  • Cultural Heritage Protection (Armenia)

Work Programme 2022

Coming Up:

COMING UP:

Gender Mainstreaming in UN Peace Operations and Missions Training

March 11-15, 2024

A Comprehensive Approach to Gender in Operations

March 18-21, 2024

Latest News

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