CALL FOR UNIQUE AND SPECIFIC POLICING RESPONSES TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES - SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFING
The United Nations Peacekeeping Chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, today (14 Nov) told the Security Council that current challenges to global peace, security and development, “will increasingly call for unique and specific policing responses.”
Lacroix said, “we must therefore work collectively to ensure the United Nations Police are properly prepared, equipped and resourced to address those.”
He said “A4P+ is our vehicle – part of a renewed collective engagement to strengthen peacekeeping as an invaluable instrument for peace and security and an expression of international solidarity. Through it, we are better placed to address today’s challenges to peace and security and, ultimately, to improve the lives of the people we serve.”
Action for Peacekeeping+ (A4P+) aims to accelerate progress on the implementation of the Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping (Action for Peacekeeping, or A4P) endorsed by Member States in 2018. It consists of seven priority areas that require dedicated senior leadership attention and focused, concrete and rapid responses to advance the entire A4P agenda.
Briefing the Council remotely from Juba, the Police Commissioner at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Christine Fossen said, “together with the South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS), we’re conducting outreach activities to help improve the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the people they serve, especially women and children, the youth, and community leaders.”
Fossen said, “we’ve created 185 Police-Community Relations Committees to address gender-based violence, child protection, and crime prevention in general. Our focus here is on trust-building as a foundation for effective community policing as a first link in the overall justice chain.”
For his part, Mody Berethe, who is the Police Commissioner, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of The Congo (MONUSCO) said the Mission’s police component “is aware of the breadth of current challenges to be met in the specific security context of the DRC” as well as “the very changing nature of the peacekeeping environment.”
He said MONUSCO “remains fully convinced that performance evaluation measures are essential to the success of the work being performed."
The mission of UN Police is to enhance international peace and security by supporting Member-States in conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations. Its goal is to realize effective, efficient, representative, responsive and accountable police services that serve and protect the population.