The UN “at school” with the engineers of Fossano

Fossano and the UN are closer than one might think. Last 15 November in Turin, the headquarters of the “Staff college” of the United Nations, i.e. the agency for the training of UN cadres, took place to celebrate the fifteenth year of the “Safe and secure Approaches in field environments”, a program established in the Piedmontese capital in 2007 for the training of officials operating worldwide in crisis scenarios. Also involved is the 32nd Engineer Engineer Regiment – of the Army’s Taurinense Alpine Brigade – which is stationed in the city of Acaja and which recently hosted a session of the activated courses.

According to data provided by the UN Department for Safety and Security in New York, more than 100,000 United Nations members in 65 countries – as well as staff from numerous international organizations – have benefited from the programme, which provides “the basic elements for in the field with maximum safety” precisely in difficult contexts. The Taurinense Alpine Brigade of the Army collaborates in the training activities of the United Nations Staff College, which for fifteen years has provided its international experience under the aegis of the UN, NATO and the European Union for the realization of the “practical” part of the courses, in in which risk or stress scenarios are reproduced in a realistic way, to be managed according to the procedures and techniques learned during the classroom phase: the participants must thus test themselves with smediation strategies, illegal armed checkpoints, kidnappings, first aid, use of radios and recognition of remnants of war and explosive devices. The partnership, sanctioned by a memorandum of understanding signed by the Staff College and the Defense Staff, also led to the training of 773 UN security officials, who independently planned and conducted courses similar to those held in 50 countries in Piedmont.

In celebration of the program’s 15th anniversary, a minute’s silence was observed in honor of fallen peacekeepers. In his speech, the director of the United Nations Staff College in Turin, Jafar Javan, highlighted the importance of training the personnel of the UN agencies who operate in crisis scenarios, exposed to constantly evolving risks, from a security point of view, underlining in particular the importance of the protocol signed in 2019 with the Defense. At the end of the event, iGeneral Nicola Piasente, commander of the Taurinense, received a plaque from the director of the UN Staff College which rewards the contribution made by the regiments to the realization of the training “practical days” carried out in the areas made available to the brigade in Piedmont. The collaboration in Turin between the UN and the Army also includes the courses offered by the Study Center for “post-conflict Operations” of the Training Command and Application School.

The UN “at school” with the engineers of Fossano – Loyalty