General Assembly of the Latin American Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (ALCOPAZ), held from April 2 to 5, 2018 in Lima, Peru.
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The International Missions Center and Integral Action, through its director Colonel Juan Carlos Galán Galán, participated in the preparatory meeting of the General Assembly of the Latin American Association of Peacekeeping Training Centers (ALCOPAZ), held from April 2 to 5, 2018 in Lima, Peru.
Since ALCOPAZ is actively working to improve the training of the Armed Forces, the Security Forces and the civilian personnel that will be deployed in different UN peacekeeping missions, this meeting was held considering that the member states of ALCOPAZ make important contributions to the exchange of experiences and methodologies to train personnel for the benefit of World Peace.
This training received by the officers has to be the best, given that these types of operations take place in very complex environments, where safety, health, adaptation to the cultural environment, respect for human rights and protection of civilians are paramount. Peace missions are as varied and complex as human beings themselves, which is why training must be constantly adjusted to the policies of the United Nations.
Along these lines, the national centers or units that make up ALCOPAZ Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay in Latin America, as well as the Peacekeeping Operations Training Center of Peru (CECOPAZ by its acronym in Spanish), which is an academic body that depends on the defense sector in charge of developing training programs for peacekeeping operations, delivered joint proposals during the meeting in order to develop an interesting program for the 10th Annual General Assembly of ALCOPAZ.
It is essential that all States that deploy contingents for UN peacekeeping operations coordinate and present joint positions, which translate into collective efforts to prevent and eliminate threats to international peace and security, and to guarantee that armed forces will be used only to reach common purposes, according to the United Nations.