The working session between foreign military attachés and officers of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations on July 19 (Photo: qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will chair an international conference in early September, aiming to improve the country’s capacity of taking part in UN peacekeeping activities.

The information was released by a representative of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) while talking to foreign military attachés who visited the department on July 19, Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) newspaper reported.

The attachés learned about the development of the DPKO as well as the country’s participation in United Nations peacekeeping activities in recent years.

On behalf of the delegation, Defence Attaché of South Africa Mpiwa Kgotso Abiel lauded Vietnam’s effective participation in UN peacekeeping activities. He also congratulated the DPKO on being chosen as a training site for UN peacekeeping forces within the framework of the tripartile partnership programme.

The attachés also discussed peacekeeping cooperation with Vietnam in the future.

The DPKO, previously the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre, opened in 2014.

Since then, the country has sent 20 officers to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic and the UN Mission in South Sudan. It is preparing to deploy a level-2 field hospital to South Sudan.-VNA