5th International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium Topics

Globally, organizations are investing in the often-complex process of examining large and varied data sets, known as Big Data Analytics. This strategy can uncover the hidden patterns, unknown correlations, important trends, and customer preferences within volumes of information and, thereby, lead to more informed decision-making. Predictive analytics puts machine learning to work; and based on perceived events, future probabilities can be measured. With the aid of available data mining techniques, machine learning and artificial intelligence, predictive analytics becomes a way to leverage all that information to learn from the past and to gain tangible new insights.

At the 5th International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping symposium, “PREDICT, PREVENT, PROTECT” learn how United Nations Peace Operations are leveraging Big Data, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide technology solutions to effectively gauge and mitigate risk, to protect civilians and camps, and to build practical support strategies for mandate implementation.

The symposium agenda and content have been designed to ensure engagement amongst the participants, with moderated working group discussions that focus on the real-world challenges of peacekeeping operations today and where areas of opportunity exist for innovation and the application of technology.   

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Big Data Analysis

This working group will present planned initiatives that utilize Big Data analysis and data science methods in support of peace operations. The Operations Support Division (OSD) of the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) and the Office of Military Affairs have partnered with UN Global Pulse, an initiative of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, to develop and provide a sentiment (or predictive analytics) capability to peace operations. The discussion will cover what is already available, what is in the pipeline, new ideas as well as standardizing, sustaining and mainstreaming these solutions.

Emerging Technologies and Eco-Responsibility

Innovation programmes and agendas are being or have been established in many organizations and institutions, and the Departments of Peace Operations and Operations Support, with OSD OICT, are in pursuit of modalities to identify, acquire, test and deploy innovative technologies in field operations. 

This working group will identify various environmental protection and greening opportunities, including leveraging the Internet of Things, to monitor utilization and consumption of valuable resources. Strategies on changing individual and group behaviour to support eco-responsible operations will be analysed. Initiatives that reduce the Organizational impact on host country environments will be explored, for example: water exploration and usage, power generation and waste water management. The role of analytics and frontier technologies will also be discussed as the UN is excited to engage with Member States on their shared experiences and proven solutions.

Enhancing Military-Peacekeeping Intelligence Practices Utilizing Technology

Military-Peacekeeping (MPK) Intelligence provides critical information to allow decision-makers to take appropriate actions. The UN is developing related policies, operating processes and procedures. Technology plays a part. Preserving the integrity of MPK Intelligence information and utilizing effective tools are critical from an operational perspective.

This working group will review options for a secure network platform and examine technologies, tools and training. Specific questions to be explored are: How can technology support peacekeeping intelligence knowledge development?  What technologies can improve baseline peacekeeping intelligence skills, for example: e-learning, online exercises reinforcing understanding, virtual training environment? How do we assess an integrated suite of specialist and analytical tools to support peacekeeping intelligence, for example: analysis tools, IRM&CM tools and GEOINT software?

Improvised Explosive Devices and the Relationship to Other Asymmetric Threats

Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) pose a grave threat to many peace operations. The threat evolves as armed elements adjust to the counter measures implemented.

This working group will discuss current developments on IED threat management and mitigation. It will assess other related threats that can accompany IEDs, such as indirect fire, complex attacks or unmanned aerial systems, which are frequently used to prepare or support IED attacks. The questions to be explored include: What are the best available platforms to securely share threat information. How do we enhance a mission’s situational awareness? What are the best practices regarding civilian, and police and military responses and tactics?


Telehealth encompasses the use of a broad range of technologies to support and promote clinical health care and patient and professional health-related education in challenging and remote locations. The technologies utilized include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications. In addition, aircraft, drones and other means can be utilized to deliver medical-related goods and services. Options for providing access to specialized 24/7 medical expertise from field locations will be discussed.

Member States are focused on having the best possible medical care available to UN deployments, and this working group will review practical options to support the delivery of technology-supported medical services. 

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