The first Workshop on Information Technology Needs of UN Police took place at the UN Information and Communications Technology Facility of Valencia, Spain on 20 and 21 January 2020.
Organized by the Police Division of the Office of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions in partnership with the Office of Information and Communications Technology, the workshop considered the greater use and adoption of existing United Nations tools that can support the effective implementation of UNPOL mandates in diverse operating environments; it increased understanding of how integrated UNPOL data can inform whole-of-mission efforts and, in particular by identifying technology gaps, challenges and potential remedies.
The participation of the Senior Leadership of various police components, senior managers from OICT as well as participants from OHCHR, ZIF – Centre for International Peace Operations, UNODC, NATO Stability Policing and the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units, CoESPU, and Spanish National Police enhanced in-depth discussions and interactions and paved the way for a stronger future cooperation between the two Offices.
The Chief of the Standing Police Capacity (SPC) and four other SPC team members travelled from their headquarters in UNGSC, Brindisi, to Valencia where they organized the workshop and animated discussion panels. The Workshop was supported with extra-budgetary funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs through the “Targeted UN support in the area of rule of law to address critical needs for conflict prevention, peacekeeping and sustaining peace” Project.