With 322 delegates in attendance, the 6th International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium was the largest yet.
Held in Tshwane, South Africa, from June 21-24, this annual event is a joint initiative of the Department of Operational Support (DOS) and the Office of Computing and Communications (OICT) to showcase technology initiatives focused on the ground and discuss with interested Member States.
43 Member States, in addition to the host country, sent representatives: 23 from Africa, nine from Asia, seven from Europe, three from the Americas and one from Oceania.
Under the theme “Informed – Aware – Effective”, the event built on the momentum of previous symposia.
Five main themes were examined:
The protection of blue helmets
Information-driven peace operations
Integrated training and capacity building
Over 250 delegates actively participated in breakout sessions on these themes. The working groups had 20 to 90 participants.
Seventeen presenters, including six from South Africa, addressed the plenary sessions, representing the UN Secretariat, Member States, academia and think tanks. Presentations focused on the challenges of peace operations and how technology can help address them.
Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare and South African Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs Thandi Modise presided over the opening and closing ceremonies.
Bernardo Mariano, Jr., Assistant Secretary General and Director General of Information Technology and Communications; General Birame Diop, Under-Secretary General and Military Advisor; Chandramouli Ramanathan, Assistant Secretary-General for Program Planning, Finance and Budget and Comptroller; and Christian Saunders, Assistant Secretary General for Supply Chain Management, also participated.
The symposium, the first to be held in Africa, was considered a major success, especially given the COVID-19 related travel restrictions and health protocols at the venue.
Detailed thematic reports on the outcomes of the symposium will be shared with Member States and UN stakeholders.
The 7th International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium will be hosted by Nepal in 2023. It is expected to include the Department of Peace Operations Digital Transformation Strategy effort.
Visit the Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping website to learn more about the International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium and DOS and OICT initiatives in the field.