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UN Logistics Base in BrindisiThe United Nations Logistics Base is located on the Adriatic coast of the Mediterranean facing the Balkans, the Middle East and Africa.  Dating as far back as the fifth century b.c., Brindisi was already considered an important port, a safe haven and a gateway to the world.  Today the United Nations benefits of this ideal location and infrastructure in support of peacekeeping.

The original storage facility for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) was the United Nations Supply Depot (UNSD) first located in Naples and later moved to Pisa, Italy. The supply depot was first established to receive assets available upon the closure of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF 1) in 1956. During the 1980s and in the early 1990s, the end of the Cold War brought about an immense increase in UN Peacekeeping activity worldwide. UNSD, consisting of 3,200m2, had become too small to receive the quantities of usable surplus equipment that had become available upon the closure of several missions. In recognizing the limitations of UNSD and the need for a well-supported location in which to store and maintain reserves, DPKO sought to avail itself of a more strategically located facility. The Republic of Italy’s experience with Peacekeeping and the need to ensure adequate logistical support to the missions guided the United Nations to Brindisi, Italy.

In 1994, UNLB was established by the United Nations to meet the logistics needs of an ever growing number of Peacekeeping Missions. Memorandum of Understanding regarding the use by the UN of military premises was signed with the Government of Italy on 23 November 1994.

The location within an Italian Air Force base and the support of the Italian government were critical for our success from the very beginning. Since the year 2000, UN Humanitarian agencies have also operated a Response Depot on the base. 


a. Logistics support: strategic deployment stocks (SDS), material, technical and procurement support.

UN Brindisi - cargo planeFrom 1994, UNLB received refurbished and forwarded hundreds of shipments of used mission materiel.  This activity saved and continues to save the Organization hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

In 1998 , the General Assembly approved small Start-up kits of new materiel to support the start-up of new missions.   

In 2002 the General Assembly approved the establishment of the Strategic Deployment Stocks. This revolving inventory provided 150 million dollars of equipment to be purchased, received, maintained, shipped and replenished at UNLB (thousand vehicles, hundreds of generators and up to three thousand containers of material).  

To date, over 265 million dollars worth of SDS has been sent to missions.  We are now preparing several shiploads and cargo flights to Darfur and Chad.  In UNLB we add value to the SDS items the moment they arrive.  Each item is inspected, labeled, inventoried, tested and when necessary adapted to field conditions; we receive items and we deliver systems. We are often called to accompany the SDS as Technical Support Teams during the early stages of a mission.  We offer solutions and we provide continuous support.

Logistical activities have diversified beyond Strategic Deployment stocks.  Currently UNLB receives an important volume of material in transshipment which is inspected, tested, inventoried and consolidated and shipped to missions. 

b. Strategic and Global Information and Communications Technology Support Services

UN Brindisi - satelite dishInformation and Communication Technology or ICT is the UNLB pillar which deploys critical telecommunications equipment, designs and develops applications and systems for missions.  ICT connects every year over 15 Million voice calls, supports 4000 video conferences and provides communications support services to more than 90,000 users in United Nations’ Field Operations.

Peacekeeping activities have greatly expanded, and UNLB has become a strategic Communications Technology hub for United Nations Department of Peace-keeping Operations supported field operations.  UNLB now hosts 155 satellite communications links in addition to monitoring and coordinating the establishment and operations of all 800 DPKO/DFS satellite telecommunications links. UNLB acts as the main bridge for telecommunications services such as e-mail, telephone communications and videoconferencing sessions between all of the peacekeeping operations worldwide and between those operations and UNHQ.

Over the last few years, the volume of support provided to DPKO Field Missions and other UN Agencies/Offices (such as ECA, UNON, UNOG, ICTY, ICTR, SCSL, International Criminal Court, UNIIIC, WFP, UNOWA, UNOV, ESCWA, etc) has also dramatically increased.

c. Training support

The UNLB Training Centre manages hundreds of technical, administrative and managerial courses every year.  UNLB hosts the Integrated Training Service, which delivers the core induction training courses for civilian staff deploying to field missions.  During the financial year 2006-07, this Centre delivered 116 training courses for 1,758 staff from 28 missions and 12 agencies and conducted 6 Senior Mission Leaders Courses in various locations.


In 2007 the General Assembly approved five new tenant units which are hosted in UNLB: the Strategic Air Operations Centre, Geospatial Information Systems Centre, Engineering Design Unit, Regional Aviation Safety Office and Reference Checking Unit. In addition, the Secretary General has proposed that the UN Standing Police Capacity to be hosted in UNLB.


UNLB is proud of counting with a human capital of 57 international staff with a wide range of skills and experience in UN missions, 173 locally recruited staff, many of them with over 10 years of experience in 30 technical/administrative fields and 134 international and Italian contractors with state–of-the-art technical expertise.


UN vehicles parked in Brindisi baseUNLB today is a busy hub of activities far more diverse and complex than it was yesterday. The support we provide from Brindisi to the missions can be equated to the support we provide in Brindisi for the missions.  We pride ourselves in having the potential and experience to excel in logistics, technology and knowledge management.

All peacekeeping missions and peacebuilding operations remain important customers far after they have been established.

SDS, Transshipment and UN Reserve remain available to meet operational or security requirements.

ICT routes all mission data, voice and video communications through Brindisi and maintains day and night their information networks.

UNLB guarantees Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity to all field operations.
We develop, we provide and we support all the enterprise software applications of peacekeeping. 

Peacekeeping professionals from all missions gather in UNLB for training  and seminars Every month hundreds of mission recruits participate in an intensive induction programme at UNLB.

All hosted units provide added value, support and savings to field operations (innovative engineering solutions, optimized use of peacekeeping aircraft, improved aviation safety,   accurate geodata, integrity of selection).

From a depot of materiel in transit to a strategic support capacity, to a provider of solutions projected to the missions, to a capability of the Organization which is a lifeline for the success of our operations worldwide -UNLB continues to provide the port of departure, safe haven and gateway to the world.

While logistics remains a pillar of UNLB, we have expanded into information and communications technology and training taking us beyond peacekeeping and beyond logistics. UNLB is now the cornerstone for the delivery of field support.  


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