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UN inaugurates communications hub in Spain
Quart de Poblet (Spain), July 07,
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and
Spain's Crown Prince Felipe met here to inaugurate a new UN
telecommunications center to support peacekeeping efforts and
other global operations.
The new facility, UNSB-V, is located in a suburb of the
Mediterranean city of Valencia.
"Valencia will strengthen the ability for all our personnel to
stay connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week," Ban said,
adding that improved communications "will significantly
enhance safety and security for people on the ground".
For too long, he said, the world body's global communications
had been handled through a single facility, the UN Logistics
Base in Brindisi, Italy, leaving the entire system vulnerable
to mistakes or technical problems.
In his remarks, Prince Felipe stressed Spain's "firm, active
and permanent commitment" to UN peacekeeping missions.
Located next to Manises Airport, UNSB-V took six years to
build. The Spanish government invested 25 million euros ($35.8
million) in the project, which is expected to generate 300
jobs and spur the creation of another 900 positions in the
The first UN base in Spain will double the world body's
capacity to communicate with the more than 100,000 personnel
it has deployed around the world, according to the Spanish
While designed to function in conjunction with the base in
Brindisi, UNSB-V is capable of assuming the entire
communications workload if necessary.