6th Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping International Symposium

Symposium 2022 Location  City of Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa

21-24 June 2022


The United Nations Secretariat and the host nation Republic of South Africa held the 6th Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping International Symposium (6PTPS) from 21 to 24 June 2022 in the City of Tshwane (Pretoria).

It was the largest Symposium to date with 322 delegates from 43 Member States, out of which 23 were from Africa. The United Nations Secretariat would like to use this opportunity to thank the host nation and participating Member States for teir support to the 6th PTPS in South Africa. More information about the event and its outcomes will be shared directly with Member States. General information that was shared with the delegates prior to the event is available below.
 

Theme: Informed - Aware - Effective

Host Country: South Africa

 

REFERENCE INFORMATION PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE SYMPOSIUM

 

 

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

Symposium Venue   |   CSIR International Convention Centre


Event Language  English
 

Conference Hours  09:00 to 17:00
 

Schedule  View the Symposium Brochure here
 

Venue  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) 

  Address   Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa
  Phone   +27 12 841 3884

 

Eligibility to Attend

  • The event is open to all interested military, police and civilians from United Nations Member States and other UN partner entities. Delegates must be nominated by their organization to participate in the symposium. 
  • There is no fee to attend the symposium. 
  • This is not a commercial event.


Optional Social Activities  

  • A Welcome Reception will be held on Tuesday, 21 June (venue CSIR ICC). 
  • An Official Dinner will be held on Thursday, 23 June (venue CSIR ICC). 


Conference Contacts

For assistance with registration, or if you have questions about the event, direct your inquiry to the United Nations Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Programme Management at: UN-PTP@un.org

 

 


SECURITY
 

Accreditation

Symposium pass will be issued to verified participants in the designated hotels (see "Accommodation" section below) on Monday, 20 June. Delegates who are not staying in the designated hotels are required to visit one of the designated hotels on Monday, 20 June to have their photo taken and symposium passes issued. Each delegate is required to present his/her official travel documents (national passport and/or United Nations laissez-passer) for accreditation. There will be no accreditation in the event venue.

 

Symposium Pass

Symposium pass must be worn during event hours. To receive a symposium pass, see "Accreditation" section above. Passes are non-transferrable.
 

Personal Belongings

Delegates are responsible for the security of their personal belongings. Kindly note that the conference rooms will be unattended during the lunch hour.

 

 


PRACTICAL INFORMATION
 

Visas

Delegates are required to make their own visa arrangements, if needed, for entry into South Africa. Visa regulations and a listing of visa requirements by country is available at  https://www.southafricavisa.com.
 

COVID-19 Measures

The event will be organized in line with the host country regulations. For the latest information on travelling to the Republic of South Africa and measures in place for events and gatherings, please visit South African Government (www.gov.za).

Measures as of 4 May 2022

  • Travel: Any international traveler to the Republic of South Africa will need to:
    • provide a certificate of being fully vaccinated by WHO-recognized vaccine; or
    • provide a WHO-recognized certificate of negative PCR COVID-19 test obtained no more than 72 hours before the time of departure to the Republic of South Africa; or
    • provide a WHO-recognized certificate of negative antigen COVID-19 test obtained no more than 48 hours before the time of departure to the Republic of South Africa; or
    • provide a WHO-recognized certificate of a positive PCR COVID-19 test less than 90 days and more than 10 days before the date of arrival, together with a signed letter from a health care provider stating that the person is fit to travel.

Participants who are fully vaccinated are kindly requested to provide vaccine-related information during their registration.

  • Event: The event venue will be at 50% capacity, with social distancing measures in place, and face masks will be mandatory for all attendees. Speakers and panelists will be allowed to remove their face masks during their speech.
     

Travel Medical Insurance

  • All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase additional travel medical insurance with coverage for COVID-19 for their trip and to provide the insurance details during their registration.
     

Transportation

  • A free shuttle will be provided by the host country to transport delegates between the airport and the designated hotels, as well as between the designated hotels and the symposium venue.
  • Delegates who opt to stay in accommodations other than designated hotels are responsible for making their own arrangement to get to the designated hotels for event transportation., Entry to the conference grounds by foot, taxis and/or private vehicles will not be permitted.
     

Meals and Refreshments

  • Lunch will be provided onsite for all registered symposium participants.
  • Refreshments will be served during breaks throughout the day.
     

Dress Code Recommendations

During Symposium Hours:

  • Civilians: business casual attire
  • Military officials: class B national working service dress or business casual attire

For Special Events:

  • Opening Plenary Session:
    • Civilians: business formal attire
    • Military officials: class A national working service dress
  • Official Dinner:
    • All attendees: business formal attire

 

 


ACCOMMODATION

The Capital Menlyn Maine City Lodge Hotel Lynnwood


Two hotels are designated to host the Symposium participants: 

Special rates for the designated hotels will be shared with registered participants.

 

 


THEMATIC WORKING GROUP TOPICS


Topic 1

Protecting Peacekeepers

This working group will discuss the threat spectrum against UN peace operations and the status of technologies currently utilized including camp security and protection, early warning systems, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), C-UAS, TOB/Patrol/Convoy protection, and Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED).

The threats from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and their networks in current and future peace operations are increasing as technology evolves.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have a multitude of use cases. These include security and protection, patrols, reconnaissance and surveillance, mapping, and others.

Basic security technologies have been provided to date through the mainstreaming approach implemented by the Office of Information and Communications Technology on integrated camp security and early warning systems in both static and mobile camps.

The discussion will present the status of efforts in these fields, identify new technology ideas that can enable peacekeepers on the ground to more effectively face current and near future threats. It will also cover transport security measures, including how to secure mobility and C-IED options.

The topics to be explored in this working group will include:

  • The best practices of Member States on awareness and protection technologies
  • How available technologies can be most effectively integrated into the day-to-day operations of field missions
  • The effective use and limitations of UAS to improve awareness and analysis, and the optimal strategy for adopting and integrating UAS in a UN field environment


Topic 2

Information-Driven Peace Operations

In the age of information, the challenges to peace operations are many: how to leverage the variety of data now available to deliver value and inform short term and more strategic decision making; how to merge the myriad of external and internal data streams; how to integrate and standardize intuitive systems and tools. The recently endorsed Strategy for Digital Transformation of UN Peacekeeping and the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy provide the higher-level guidance, existing substantive and command and control solutions and practices inform, and information security provides guard rails. The option for migration to cloud computing services provides opportunity. Can big data analysis and data science methods move peace operations to the next level?

This working group will explore means by which the objectives of the Strategy for Digital Transformation of UN Peacekeeping and the Secretary-General's Data Strategy can be supported. Existing solutions as well as ideas around next steps will be discussed. Global trends in advanced analytics, threat analysis, predictive modelling, geo analytics, statistical algorithms, and “what-if” analysis powered by high-performance systems will be investigated, alongside ICT architecture, connectivity, data hosting and access.

The topics to be explored in this working group will include:

  • The best practices of Member States in analyzing operational data and translating that data into actionable and effective products to guide crisis and leadership decision-making
  • Utilizing current initiatives to drive future data-driven operations
  • Propose future steps based on the Strategy for Digital Transformation of UN Peacekeeping and Secretary-General’s Data Strategy
  • The approach to integrate advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) into existing systems and develop supporting processes and procedures
  • The role of Member States to positively impact UN mandate implementation in this context


Topic 3

Integrated Training and Capacity Building

The United Nations provides a wide range of technologies and platforms across many functional areas within Peace Operations to better implement mandates.

A significant output of the first Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping symposium held in 2014 was the establishment of the UN C4ISR1 Academy for Peace Operations (UNCAP) in 2015.

The technology training programme delivered by UNCAP (in person, online and onsite in UN missions) is focused on alignment with the requirements of UN Peace Operations, and the development of training projects related to C4ISR in response to the operational needs expressed by the deployed forces.

With support of partnering Member States, an Operation Centre Simulated Training Environment has been created at UNCAP in Entebbe, Uganda. A wide range of eLearning products are being developed to support technology training objectives, their adoption, and sustainability.

C4ISR and camp security technology courses are now being delivered to uniformed and non-uniformed personnel with plans to expand to terrestrial radars, electronic spectrum management and cybersecurity, among others.

The topics to be discussed in this working group will include:

  • Status of UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations program
  • UNCAP’s current partnerships, results/impact, and gaps
  • UNCAP’s support requirements and opportunities
  • Innovation in support of technology training delivery
  • Moving to an C4ISR integrated training concept


Topic 4

Eco-Responsibility

The deployment of thousands of civilian, police and military personnel into peacekeeping environments requires significant logistical support. The environmental impact of these deployments can only be mitigated through shared responsibility with troops and police contributing countries (TCC/PCC), and by enabling technology to develop smart camps that minimize the UN’s environmental footprint.

Peacekeeping operates in the most challenging of locations, with very little infrastructure, often requiring the building of new facilities. Five service domains are applicable when developing a smart camp concept for Peacekeeping Operations, 1) safety, security and emergencies, 2) accommodation and offices including solid and wastewater management, 3) transportation and logistics, 4) information and communications technology, and 5) resources and environment specifically water and energy. In some places, like northern Mali where water is a scarce resource, the local community may see the UN mission as a resource competitor.

In response the UN Department of Operational Support (DOS) is implementing a six-year strategy on environmental management in line with the basic principles stated in the Secretary-General’s Data Strategy for Action by Everyone, Everywhere: “promote care, excellence, collaboration, responsibility and stewardship by everyone, everywhere in the UN family”.

UNISFA is developing a model camp at Dukra leveraging FRIM and the latest sensor and smart technologies and best practices. This camp will show the way for the next generation of UN smart camps.

The topics to be discussed in this working group will include:

  • Initiatives related to energy, fuel, water and wastewater, and environmental impact
  • Broader strategic environmental issues, such as the potential of global and local environmental monitoring
  • Role of analytics and “smart” technologies applied to peacekeeping camps and Member States’ experiences. This area is of interest given that peacekeeping environments provide a unique opportunity to test and pilot innovative initiatives


Topic 5

Telemedicine

Improving peacekeepers’ access to quality healthcare is a top priority for DOS and the Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ Action for Peacekeeping initiative (A4P).

The UN is exploring opportunities to use telemedicine to provide high quality remote medical support in the UN Peacekeeping context to eliminate the barriers of geographical distance and challenging operational contexts with limited resources.

Telemedicine could support first response on the front lines, monitoring during medical evacuations, and connecting healthcare practitioners among level 1, 2, and 3 UN hospitals and clinics by establishing a digital network to support the flow of medical information.

A broad range of communications technologies can be leveraged including real-time interactive audio-video solutions, plug-and-play interoperable digital medical devices, portable ruggedized telemedicine kits and store-and-forward applications capable of streaming data using terrestrial or wireless transmission technologies. In addition, aircraft, drones and other means can be utilized to deliver medical-related goods and services.

Improving the quality of medical care for peacekeepers using Telemedicine was a concept introduced at the fifth Partnership for Technology and Peacekeeping symposium in Kazakhstan. This year’s symposium will provide an opportunity to build upon the progress made since then.

The topics to be discussed in this working group will include:

  • Building on the knowledge gained to date through existing Telemedicine initiatives
  • Engaging with Member States on how to operationalize the use of telemedicine technology in peace operations
  • Specific technology solutions that address existing challenges and offer frontier solutions
  • Opportunities for peacekeeping operations to leverage advanced medical facilities outside missions’ areas of operation