Third International Symposium
Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping
7-11 November 2016

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The Third International Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium will be hosted by the United Nations Department of Field Support (DFS) in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and will be held from 7 to 11 November 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea at the Seoul City Hall.

The symposium will provide insight into the challenges of modern peacekeeping and offer opportunities to engage with delegates from Member States, international experts, and senior representatives from United Nations peacekeeping missions and Headquarters to explore new opportunities for leveraging cutting edge technology and supporting and enabling military, police and civilian peacekeepers in the face of unprecedented new challenges.

The 2016 symposium brings together a wide range of peacekeeping actors to explore creative and collaborative partnerships and projects to enhance information and communications technology (ICT) efforts in the following targeted areas:

  • (I) Geospatial Information and Situational Awareness
    • Discussion about United Nations peacekeeping situational awareness requirements and its technical approach to deliver a suite of tools to meet this demand. Participants will be asked to share their experience and expertise using situational awareness technologies. Specific questions to be explored are: From a process standpoint, how is situational awareness established and maintained? How is the information shared between various military components or between civilian and military? Through which systems or types of systems?

  • (II) Protection Technologies: Sensors, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
    • United Nations peacekeeping is increasingly deployed in non-permissive environments where our civilian and uniform personnel, as well as our premises, are targets of attacks. A variety of technologies exist to protect, collect, communicate, and analyse information to support safety, security, decision making and coherent operational responses. These technologies include but are not limited to, Unmanned Aerial Systems, ground sensors, tethered aerostats/balloons, perimeter security and mobile data collection technologies.

      Participants will be asked to share their experience and expertise in the design and use of coherent solutions integrating sensors with operations. We also intend to address the distinction and how to convey the message that these ISR solutions are for protection and not necessarily for intelligence collection, a proposition often rejected by host countries.

We look forward to a successful symposium and an exciting exchange of ideas.

All Member States are invited to participate.
Deadline for registration is 1 November, 2016.


110 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

There is a mandatory conference fee of KRW 100,000 ($90), cash only, that will be collected upon registration from all participants. This fee includes refreshments (coffee, tea and non-alcoholic beverages) that will be served during coffee breaks, transportation fee on Wednesday and Friday, Gala dinner (10% of full price).

Visiting War Memorial of Korea: Friday, November 11, 2016 Afternoon Schedule

14:00 – 14:30  Move to War Memorial of Korea from Seoul City Hall
14:30 – 17:30  Watching Performance at Peace Plaza(1h), Photo(30’), War Museum (UN room on Exhibition Room 3F)
17:30 – 18:00  Back to Seoul City Hall