SAPICS 2019 Post-Conference Ezine - Page 20



SAPICS E-ZINE SEP 2019
SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IS A
POWERFUL NEW WEAPON IN UNITED
NATIONS PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS
The scope and magnitude of United Nations peacekeeping operations,
and the logistics challenges of supporting 100 000 peacekeepers in
operations around the world, were highlighted in a riveting and awardwinning presentation at 2019 SAPICS Conference.
H
under the UN flag in more than 70
peacekeeping operations. More than 100
000 military, police and civilian personnel
from 125 countries currently serve in 14
peacekeeping operations.
erbert Pechek, who is the supply
chain management principal at
the United Nations Support Office
in Somalia, was the main architect of
the transformation of the organisation’s
complex, multidimensional peacekeeping
operations into an efficient horizontal
supply chain. He shared his insights
and experiences with supply chain
professionals representing 28 countries
who attended this year’s SAPICS
Conference.
Despite operating a large, complex
supply chain network consisting of
processes and activities to procure,
produce and deliver materials and
services that include fuel, rations, water,
equipment, modular camps and other
items to field missions around the world,
the UN did not use the words supply
chain management before 2012, Pechek
informed SAPICS Conference delegates.
“The shift from ‘business as usual’ and
a focus on what we deliver to thinking of
the entire end to end supply chain started
around 2014, when we discovered the
SCOR tool (supply chain operations
reference model) and began the
mammoth process of aligning UN supply
chains with industry standards. Our vision
was to have a well-managed and agile
supply chain to support UN field missions
with effectiveness and efficiency. This
represented the kick-off for the paradigm
shift.”
The United Nations celebrated the 70th
anniversary of UN peacekeeping last
year. Over the past 70 years, more than
1 million men and women have served
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