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Published: 2019-10-03

The UN trains weapons inspectors in Umeå

NEWS The European CBRNE Center at Umeå University and the Department of Foreign Affairs have co-hosted a United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) training course in leadership skills for weapons inspectors, together with the British organisation The Ambassador Partnership.

Text: Åsa Burlin

This week 13 experts from different countries, all appointed by the UN to be Head of Mission for future investigations of alleged use of biological weapons, have visited Umeå.

The purpose of the leadership course is to train participants in their role, obligations, and rights as Head of Mission. The course consists of lectures mixed with practical elements and role-play where participants will practice actions such as negotiation and decision making under time pressure.  

For most participants this was their first visit to Umeå and they have all been very positive towards both the city and the training.

“We have had some busy days with quite a lot for the participants to take in. But everyone has been very pleased with the training, and we have gotten a lot of compliments on how beautiful Umeå is.” Says Lisa Hermansson, project assistant at the European CBRNE Center.

This is the fourth time the European CBRNE Center hosts a UN training in Umeå. Previous trainings were held in 2009, 2014 and 2016.