PARTNERSHIP FOR TECHNOLOGY IN PEACEKEEPING SYMPOSIUM

 PARTNERSHIP FOR TECHNOLOGY IN PEACEKEEPING SYMPOSIUM

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The Republic of South Africa (RSA), as a Member State of the United Nations (UN) and a Troop and Police contributing country, has been nominated to host the 6th United Nations Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium.

The Symposium will be held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre (ICC) in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria), the Republic of South Africa from 21-24 June 2022. This is a key annual event in the provision of Technology to UN Peace Missions.

The Symposium is organized by the United Nations (UN), represented by the Department of Operational Support (DOS) and the United Nations Office of Information & Communications Technology (OICT) in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of South Africa (RSA). The RSA Defence Review 2014 militates for strategic shaping and influence through Defence Diplomacy.

Attendees of the Symposium will include participants invited by the United Nations. These will comprise Member States, Civil Society and Academia, UN Officials, International Consultants, and participants invited as observers by the United Nations and the Government of RSA including representatives from Inter-Governmental or Non-Governmental organizations or Institutions.

It will bring together experts from Member States, Civil Society, the UN and its partners to explore innovative ways that can contribute to Peacekeeping using Technology as a catalyst. The symposium will also provide a forum to develop strategic partnerships aimed at delivering tangible and sustainable outcomes.

The main purpose of the Symposium will be to align with key recommendations in the Strategy for Digital Transformation of United Nations Peacekeeping and to provide a communications platform that emphasizes cooperation as a key enabler of the organization.

Emphasis is put on tangible outcomes, optimization of Operational procedures and “know-how” transfer on the use of modern technologies that are not yet included in the typical Peacekeeping Mission portfolio and will explore creative and collaborative opportunities to enhance Field Technology in the areas of, Protecting Peacekeepers, information-driven Peace Operations, Integrated Training and Capacity building, Eco-responsibility and Telemedicine.

South Africa will be the first African country to host the Partnership for Technology In Peacekeeping Symposium. European and Asian countries hosted previous Symposiums. This is an important milestone for the African Continent.

The symposium falls within the scope of the mandate of the General Assembly resolution(s) 46/48 of 9 December 1991, 48/42 of 10 December 1993 under which are Peacekeeping Training requirements and the use of Technology in Peacekeeping.

In June 2014, the Department of Peacekeeping Operation (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS) of the UN commissioned a “Panel of Experts in Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping” to recommend ways in which the organisation could leverage Technology and Innovation to enhance its Operational effectiveness.

Karabelo Moncho

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