Tshwane to host key UN peacekeeping and technology symposium next week – SABC News

South Africa will host the 6th United Nations Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium in Tshwane from 21-24 June 2022.

Its goal is for Member States and stakeholders to work in partnership with the UN to promote the use of modern advanced technologies and concepts in UN-led field missions. This is a key annual event in providing technology to United Nations peacekeeping missions.

The United Nations Peacekeeping and Technology Symposium falls within the mandate of General Assembly resolutions focusing on peacekeeping training needs and the use of technology in peacekeeping. Peace.

The symposium will bring together UN Member States, civil society and academia, UN officials and international consultants. The South African government, as host, has also invited representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions as observers to the convention.

Local organizers and participants include the State Security Agency (SSA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Department of Science and of Technology (DST), Department of Home Affairs (DHA), South African Police Service (SAPS), National Defense Industry Council (NDIC) and other participants.

The Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs, Ms. Thandi Modise, will address the Symposium.

South Africa will be the first African country to host this symposium, making it a milestone for the African continent.

By hosting this Symposium, South Africa hopes to:

  • Promote locally developed technological products.
  • Increase awareness of the types of technology the country can offer to UN missions and member states.
  • Developing the capabilities of its indigenous defense industries on a United Nations-led platform that has global reach.

South Africa remains committed to improving the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations, as such the country already provides services to the UN in this area through various companies. The procurement seminar therefore aims to broaden this participation.

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