Comprehensive Protection of Civilians (CPOC) Course, ASPR, Austria, 14-18 November 2022
The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) had the honour of co-organising the Comprehensive Protection of Civilians (CPOC) Course, together with the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR). The course was held in the castle of Schlaining, located in Stadtschlaining, Austria, from 14 to 18 November 2022. The course aims to prepare the participants for protecting civilian populations in contexts of armed conflict or post-conflict situations. The aim of the course was fully achieved, with a diverse group of participants spanning 4 continents and from a range of professional, religious and cultural backgrounds, who engaged actively with the trainers and speakers whose wide-ranging and hands-on experience in this area was put to good effect. As well as being fully aligned with the EU’s CFSP, this course ultimately promotes and supports the fundamental values and principles of the EU, including peace, fundamental human rights and protection of the most vulnerable, with a view to their sustained application in the more troublesome regions of the world.