Berlin | DFS
The international Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium, held in Berlin from 14 to 18 May, was attended by representatives from Member States and other UN partners. The aim was to increase the involvement of the international peace community in peacekeeping and to introduce new technologies and concepts to the field missions.
The Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium was hosted by the German Government. It built upon the momentum from prior symposia hosted by Italy (2014), Austria (2015), and the Republic of Korea (2016), towards the development and implementation of ground-breaking technology solution projects in force protection, rapid deployment, information security, and training.
Themed “Next Tech Peacekeeping”, the discussions centred around innovations that have the potential to impact field mandate implementation. It focused around five core challenges of peacekeeping:
- Convoy and Patrol Protection
- Improving Security through Situational Awareness
- Technology in Peacekeeping Intelligence
- Training and Capacity Building
- United Nations OpenGIS
Lisa Buttenheim, Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Field Support, emphasized the importance of technology in modern peacekeeping and how it can make peacekeeping more efficient and effective.
From the host country, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, Minister of Defence; Walter J. Lindner, Federal Foreign Office; Thomas Silberhorn, Federal Ministry of Defence; and Stephan Mayer, Federal Ministry of Interior, offered their remarks.
Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare addressed the participants via video.
Anthony O’Mullane Director, Information and Communications Technology Division in DFS, delivered the keynote address.
“Partnerships with Member States play a continuing and very important role in supporting the innovation agenda of the Organization,” he said. “The introduction of technology solutions in support of the day-to-day operation is a major priority, and there is an expectation that the current ICT organization will become the catalyst for introducing cross-cutting innovation.”
Many potential cooperation areas with Member States were identified, some of which are expected to be converted into future partnerships and projects that will add value to peacekeeping operations.