1. Nepal, the United States, and several other nations announced their participation in the Shanti Prayas-2 exercise to be held in Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre, Panchkhal and Kathmandu, Nepal from 25 March to 7 April 2013. 2. This multinational exercise is the latest in a continuing series of exercises in the Asia-Pacific region designed to promote regional peace and security and enhance the peacekeeping capabilities and capacity of nations participating in the Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI). 3. GPOI is a G8 nations’ initiative to increase peace support operations capabilities worldwide. The GPOI Program expands global peacekeeping capability and capacity to meet increased peace support operations requirements through a long-term commitment to assist partner nations with training, facilities and equipment in establishing an increased level of indigenous training capacity. 4. Being a major troop contributing country, Nepal and the Nepalese Army have extensive knowledge and experience in peace support operations. Hosting this type of exercise in Nepal will not only enhance Nepalese peacekeeping capabilities but will also help other participating nations. 5. The training conducted during the exercise will consist of a vignette based staff training exercise and a field training exercise. 6. The staff training exercise will combine Nepal Army officers and officers invited from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, South Korea, SriLanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, and Vietnam who will refine staff skills required by military officers who operate in UN headquarters as part of peacekeeping missions around the world. The training will be facilitated by an international cadre of instructors with extensive peacekeeping and peacekeeping-training experience and personnel from U.S. Pacific Command. 7. The Field training will be conducted by militaries from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Paraguay and Rwanda. These forces will enhance basic skills used when conducting peacekeeping operations, such as patrolling, checkpoint operations and convoy operations. The training will be facilitated by an international cadre of instructors with extensive peacekeeping and peacekeeping-training experience.