The Prime Minister, Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, has said that the UN Senior Mission Leaders (SML) course that is taking place in Lemigo Hotel, Kigali City from 21st May to 1st June, should enrich UN senior staff to serve in a professional and dedicated manner in the interest of global peace. He said that participants of SML course will learn from the tragic history of Rwanda and her post conflict peace progress.
The Premier explained that Rwanda was abandoned by UN at the hour of need during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in 1994. Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi said that Rwanda has however rebuilt itself from this tragic history and added that it is this history that commited her to contribute to global peace building in a meaningful way.
Rwanda is among the top troop countributing countries in the World and the biggest troop contibuter of peacekeepers per capita in the world serving in past and present different missions in countries such as Haiti, Tchad, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Republic of Sudan and South Sudan.
The Minister of defence, Gen James Kabarebe, welcomed the participants to the training and said that Rwanda can offer vivid lessons to current and future generations on how they can overcome challenges of conflicts and bring new hope to people.
The two weeks SML course that has attracted forty five participants Worldwide including the UN senior leaders is aimed at preparing participants for senior leadership assignments in multidimensional peacekeeping operations.
Resource persons who are facilitators for this course are high ranking UN personel with vast past experiences in Peacekeeping, such as Gen Martin Luther Agwai who was the UNAMID Force Commander before being replaced by Lt Gen Patick Nyamvumba
The course has been organized by Rwanda Peace Academy in collaboration with the UN Integrated Training Service and the Government of Australia.