In December 2015, Singapore and the UN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly develop an information management tool in support of UN peacekeeping operations.
“As a small state with limited resources, Singapore is pleased to make a modest contribution to UN peacekeeping operations. NOTICAS is an information management tool that will enhance the efficiency and situational awareness of UN peacekeeping missions. We remain committed to supporting the work of the UN in areas where we can make a meaningful contribution,” said Ambassador Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of this collaboration with the Government of Singapore and the impact this software application will have on improving our management of information. This partnership with Singapore also demonstrates its strong and continuing support for UN peacekeeping. We hope this will serve as a model for similar projects with Member States," said Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
In comparison to the current manual process of casualty notification, the new secure web-based software application will enable peacekeeping and special political missions to electronically submit casualty reporting data to UN Headquarters in New York. Key stakeholders at UNHQ will be automatically notified, which would significantly improve the information processing time.
"The reports of the Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping and the High-level Independent Panel on Peace Operations both highlight the need to deploy more information management and analysis tools to strengthen our operations. This software will help keep all entities updated in the unfortunate situation when our colleagues in the field are killed, injured or fall ill, enabling Headquarters to respond with speed and efficiency," said Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare.
The Notification of Casualties software application is compatible with other UN systems, stores information in a central location, and ensures a more efficient workflow, while restricting the information to permitted users. This tool is expected to be fully deployed in 2017.
This joint collaboration taps on Singapore’s expertise in developing similar systems for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Changi Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre.
Singapore fully supports the UN’s efforts in promoting international peace and stability. Since 1989, the SAF and the Singapore Police Force have served in 15 peacekeeping and observer operations.