UN Signals Academy
Providing Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) technology training for Peacekeeping
The United Nations Signals Academy (UNSA) was established in 2015 as an outcome of the first Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping international symposium held in 2014 in Brindisi (Italy) and as a response to address identified gaps in military signals and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) capabilities of Peacekeeping Troop and Police Contributing Countries (TCCs/PCCs). In line with the recommendations of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (HIPPO), the project adopts a Triangular Partnership Model of cooperation between TCCs/PCCs, the UN Secretariat, and supporting UN Member States, who provide training expertise, mentoring, instructors, equipment, extra-budgetary funding and other resources.
As highlighted in the Secretary-General’s recommendations on a mechanism to fill existing uniformed personnel capability gaps (S/2017/1079): “More complex and sometimes dangerous operations require strengthened communications, situational awareness, interoperability between units and force protection. Yet, specialized and high performing capabilities for United Nations peacekeeping are in short supply (…)”. In this respect, improving capacity has been identified as one of the critical areas where the UN and Member States must take action.