Vietnam prepares personnel for higher roles in UN peacekeeping mission

Colonel Mac Duc Trong, deputy head of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations, has noted that Vietnam must prepare personnel to meet the requirements of higher positions in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions and continue to send candidates, particularly female staff, to UN headquarters. 

More participation in UN peacekeeping operations is needed, as well as deployment of responsibilities such as logistics, liaison, and military police, and that this is a long-term aim for the department. 

Participating in UN peacekeeping operations is a key policy of the Vietnamese Party and State, as well as an essential part for the Vietnam People’s Army in the new era, as it contributes to the realization of the foreign policy of peace, cooperation, development, multilateralization, and diversification of international relations. 

Over the last seven years, Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations has yielded a number of beneficial results while also opening up a number of new deployment avenues, making it a significant mark in diplomatic defense. 

Vietnam debuted a sapper unit to engage in UN peacekeeping for the first time, signifying a new development step in expertise and capability. 

With 184 skilled officers and soldiers, the sapper unit is larger than the previous level-2 field hospitals Vietnam has deployed. The UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) will receive roughly 2,000 tonnes of equipment from the unit, including around 150 machines. 

The plan is to send Vietnam’s first sapper unit to the UN peacekeeping mission and perform all of the responsibilities allocated by the UN for the humanitarian mission in the near future. 

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