Uganda signs agreement with France, UN to support peace academy

Uganda, France, and the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday signed an agreement to support the UN Academy for Peace Operations, a senior official has said.

Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s permanent representative at the UN tweeted that the academy, based at Entebbe, 40 km south of the Ugandan capital Kampala, would be used to train UN peacekeepers to use unmanned aerial systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in UN peace keeping operations missions.

The training will be supported by the Ugandan military and the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, the country’s air transport regulator.

“We look to further cooperation with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support and the French government on the use of digital technology in peacekeeping operations,” Ayebare said.

The UN Academy for Peace Operations also known as the United Nations C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations (UNCAP) is dedicated to providing quality preparation of troops for UN peacekeeping operations, as well as to train military and police for their responsibilities in the peacekeeping missions under the United Nation’s banner.

It also helps in improving their tactical preparedness and effectiveness in critical technologies utilisation for UN C4ISR which is United Nations Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. Initially, the peace academy was known as the UN Signals Academy and was established in the year 2015. The training centre was then renamed UNCAP in 2020 to reflect its higher level of ambition for UN field operations readiness and an ever-evolving C4ISR technology curriculum.

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