First Signals Officer’s Women’s Course at UN Signals Academy

Date: 
Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Entebbe | DFS

The United Nations Signals Academy was founded in Fall 2015 as a strategic partnership project between the United Nations and supporting member states that share the same vision: to promote efficiency and effectiveness in UN peacekeeping operations through enhanced training in the area of modern field technologies.

From 14 - 25 November 2016, the UN Signals Academy in Entebbe, Uganda, conducted its first Women’s Outreach Course for Military and Police Signals Officers.

The training was made possible particularly through the generous contribution from the Government of Japan. Other supporters of the program included USAFRICOM, the Government of Germany, UNMISS and UNSOS, who provided trainers and equipment.

The training was attended by 39 participants from 27 member states. The participants were welcomed by Ms. Safia Boly, Chief Regional Service Centre Entebbe (RSCE) and the opening remarks were given by H.E. Kazuaki Kameda, Ambassador of Japan to Uganda. The Government of Uganda was represented by Col. Rebecca Mpagi, Director of the Directorate of Women Affairs, Uganda People’s Defense Forces. UNHQ was represented by Mr. Stefan Lemm, Head of the Military Operations Unit of ICTD. The opening ceremony included a symbolic ‘handover’ of equipment from the Ambassador of Japan to Ms. Judith Kirshner, Acting Chief Regional Information and Communications Technology Section (ICTS), RSCE.

The officers were provided with insight into the operations of ICT entities in UN field missions through a mix of theoretical and practical training. Staff from UN missions and UNHQ shared lectures and field experience on signals equipment used by the UN. In addition, participants were also provided general background about the UN, the UN’s principles, and the topics of gender equality, SEA and leadership skills.

The participants were very enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn and prepare for potential future deployment to a UN mission. Planning and selection of candidates is currently underway for the next instalment of the Women’s Outreach Programme which is tentatively scheduled to take place 6 - 17 March 2017.