The UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi plays a frontline role in emergency preparedness and response worldwide. It was the first UNHRD established in 2000, and since then has been replicated in five other countries to create the UNHRD Network. The Brindisi depot recently moved to refurbished facilities in San Vito and is generously made available by the Government of Italy.
In 2016, 8 Partners used UNHRD’s Brindisi depot including: Cooperazione Italiana, Austria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Save the Children, OCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, WFP, and WHO. The depot dispatched 428 metric tonnes of emergency supplies (worth US$6 million) which supported humanitarian interventions in 28 countries.
The depot also facilitates specialized humanitarian operations trainings, emergency drills and other practical exercises with governments, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations. It has a training center that caters for a maximum of 60 participants (using both the training center facilities and prefabricated units) and is fully equipped with video conferencing facilities, LCD projectors, AV equipment, wi-fi and accommodation for 45 people in the guest houses. Additional participants can be hosted in prefabricated accommodation units.