The aim of the event is to deliberate on what collective actions need to be undertaken by the international community in the short and long-term to help ensure that we develop the enabling conditions to progressively achieve the various security goals and targets as outlined in the SDGs. The debate will also consider how security and justice reform can also make a meaningful contribution to the wider development endeavours and goals as outlined in the SDGs. The event will ultimately help to inform ongoing national and international policy deliberations regarding the various goals while also identify actionable steps that can improve the contributions and relevance of SSR to the wider SDG agenda.
The informal working breakfast debate on the security development nexus will take place on the sidelines of the United Nations Development Summit which is taking place from 25-27 September 2015. The event will provide an opportunity for leading policymakers to collectively discuss the implications, opportunities, and significance of the landmark decision to integrate security and justice amongst the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Lessons learned and good practices workshop on UN human rights due diligence policy’s mitigation measures
Issued on 13 July 2011 as Secretary-General decision 2011/18, the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on United Nations Support to non-UN Security Forces sets out principles and measures to mainstream human rights in the support provided by UN entities to non-UN security forces. The policy was developed by a UN inter-agency mechanism, the Review Group, which has remained in place to oversee implementation at the global level. The Review Group, which is co-led by DPKO and OHCHR and includes UNDP, DPA, UNODC, OCHA, OLA, UNHCR, OSRSG/CAAC, UNICEF and PBSO, conducted reviews of policy implementation in 2012 and 2013.
Efforts to implement the policy in a variety of contexts have generated growing practice and new methodologies and procedures have been developed. Over a period of five years, the application of the HRDDP has prompted new ideas about the way the UN should engage with security forces, as well as other national actors, who may commit human rights violations. As noted by the Review Group in its 2013 review, implementing the HRDDP has pointed to the need to compile good practices, in particular examples of cases of support where the HRDDP has been applied and how they have been implemented and monitored, in order to increase understanding of the policy in the UN, as well as to support and guide UN entities in applying it.
In order to contribute to effective implementation of the policy across the UN system and to facilitate the exchange of experience and documentation of relevant practice, OHCHR Methodology, Training and Education Section (METS) will organize a workshop that will bring together participants involved in implementing the HRDDP in the field (from peace operations, as well as from UNCTs), members of the Review Group and external experts.
The workshop will focus on discussion and documentation of good practices related to mitigation measures. This will include the mitigation measures outlined in the 2015 HRDDP Guidance Note developed by the Review Group, other measures applied by operations, agencies, funds and programmes and proposals for potential measures to be used in the future.
UN DPKO’s Criminal Law and Judiciary Advice Service (CLJAS) is keen to develop an online course on the provision of Justice Support in post-conflict and fragile environments. Currently, CLJAS conducts several face-to-face trainings on the subject. It is hoped that the online course will be a cost-effective manner to reach out to a broader audience, while also promoting a common understanding on UN Justice Support.