The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 193 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.
Within the framework of the AU-UN strategic partnership on SSR, the UN SSR Unit supported the AU with a technical review meeting held in Addis Ababa to review the zero draft of the AU SSR policy paper.
Building on ISSAT’s earlier support to the AU-UN strategic partnership, the UN SSR Unit requested ISSAT to participate in and contribute its experience to the event. ISSAT participated in a three-day consultative meeting on the draft SSR Policy paper which took place at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from May 17th till May 19th 2010.
The UN DPKO approved a DSR Policy in June 2011 (Document Reference: UN DPKO DFS 2011.17 Effective date 27 June 2011).
As a first step towards implementing this UN DSR policy a short orientation package will be prepared and delivered in the form of a pilot training course to UNHQ Staffs by 30 June 2012. The objective is to sensitise and raise awareness of DSR and UN DPKO’s DSR policy.
Following the pilot course it is intended to deliver the programme in the field where DSR is a significant component of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) in the UN mission mandate.
ISSAT was requested to provide a DSR Adviser to assist the UNSSRU in developing a pilot DSR orientation and training package. ISSAT’s assistance included identifying the key DSR subject matter for the overview generic component of the orientation/training package. The DSR adviser also assisted on the development of the UN specific component and some short case studies. The project involved working closely with the SSRU regarding the content of the pilot course including consultation with UN departments before delivery of a pilot training programme.
The Standing Police Capacity (SPC) is an operational arm of UN Police Division, Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The SPC is based in UNGSC, Brindisi, Italy.
As per the SPC Policy Directive, January 2013, the SPC shall perform the following core functions: (i) providing the start-up capability for the police component of new peace operations; (b) assisting the existing UN peace operations through the provision of police and other law enforcement advice and expertise; and (c) if specifically directed, assisting the DPKO in the conduct of operational assessments and evaluations of existing UN police components as well as other relevant mandated duties, including providing assistance in mission drawdown and closure or as otherwise approved by the USG, DPKO.
One of the core values of the United Nations is ‘respect for diversity’. Cultural sensitivity is one of the pre-condition for respecting diversity which cannot be instilled without the adequate knowledge of a particular culture. The SPC experts are expected to objectively advise and mentor their counterparts on deployment to the field missions keeping in view the prevailing cultural differences. Understanding culture is a fundamental requisite to ensure success of these tasks.
In anticipation to the increasing deployment trends of the SPC to different field missions it is expected that the upcoming deployments demands may arise from predominately Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Syria, etc. Understanding the culture and the core values of Islam will not only make the task easier but help SPC members to be well accepted by the host counterparts, community and other stakeholders. It is, therefore, considered pertinent to provide SPC members with proper orientation on all aspects of the Islamic culture, the tenants and its guiding principles on human security and the rule of law.
The training should primarily target the SPC experts and aim to enable them to maximize their knowledge and understanding of Islam. The training course might also include participants from the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC) based in Brindisi and other staff members of the UNGSC within the maximum slot of 25 participants.
Planning: Training in civilian oversight of security sector, facilitate strategic development and review of Ministry of Security, Puntland
NB - mandate closed without deployment due to operational reasons. See follow on ISSAT mandate for evolution of support.
During the past year, the Puntland State of Somalia has taken steps towards the creation of an economically more manageable and sustainable security sector. An important element of this process has been the establishment by the President of Puntland of the ‘Committee on Counting and Reforming the Security Sector’, which currently is in the process counting Puntland's security forces (Darwish forces, police and custodial corps).
The process of clarification/downsizing offers an opportunity to think through how broader security sector development may be taken forward. In this regard, the project seeks support from ISSAT with respect to two activities.
The first activity is in support of establishing an analysis cell within Puntland's Ministry of Security (MoS) to ensure a better and more coherent understanding of security developments across the territory of Puntland. This cell will have both an operational and a strategic purpose. It will provide more accurate analysis of security matters across Puntland’s territory, but it may also help to identify needs within the sector beyond downsizing. Specifically, ISSAT will be required to carry out an in-depth review of the MoS.
The other activity will directly support the initiation of broader strategic thinking on the direction of Puntland’s security sector development process. This will be done by holding two training workshop among relevant stakeholders. The first workshop will focus on training civilians managing and overseeing the security sector (specifically members of the security sub-committee in Puntland's parliament, Ministry of Security, Ministry of Justice, Committee on Counting and Reforming the Security Sector and members from Puntland's Office of the President). The second workshop will be a facilitated process of initiating long-term thinking within Puntland on what security sector development entails, linkages between different organisations within the security sector, why security sector development is important and how it can be taken forward in a resource-scarce environment. Specifically, this activity should also allow an initial discussion of needs within the different agencies. Workshop participants will include both civilian and uniformed elements of the security sector.
This evaluation mandate, jointly commissioned by the Netherlands, the Government of Burundi and the BNUB, analyses the efforts made by the burundians and their internationals partners to reform the security and justice sectors since the Arusha Peace Agreement signed in 2000. The main objectives of this evaluation were:
- to provide an overview of the evolution of the reform process from 2000 to 2013;
- to identify the results obtained and the remaining challenges ; and
- to formulate recommendations to the Burundian Government and its international partners in order to improve the SSR process.
ISSAT has been mandated by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Somalia (UNSOM) to support its initial thinking and activities under their programme on Security Sector Development, and as such, contribute to the initiation of broader strategic thinking by the Puntland security and justice institutions on the direction of their security sector development process. This is intended to contribute to ensuring that UNSOM’s engagement to support the Puntland security and justice providers is in line with good practice and lessons learned.
ISSAT is requested to support UNSOM’s Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group (ROLSIG) implementation of this process through the provision of advisory personnel with experience and knowledge of ministerial, parliamentary and public oversight of security forces, facilitation, and strategic development, as well as good practice in supporting nationally-led processes. The support would contribute to reinforce UNSOM in its process of facilitating the clarification of roles and responsibilities within the Puntland’s security sector as well as support a process of strategic thinking on security sector development.
ISSAT will initiate support its assistance to UNSOM by undertaking an initial field mission to further enhance the way in which the UN:
- supports civil society to engage in SSR;
- supports the MoS (Ministry of Security) to understand its role as a security ministry;
- adopts a holistic approach to institutional development of the security and justice sector;
- adopts a risk management approach, and considers unforeseen consequences; and
- works coherently across the relevant UN agencies.
Subject to the evolving institutional and security situation in Puntland, the above will be achieved through a joint UNSOM/ISSAT team approach, undertaking the following activities:
- working with the Putland Development Research Center (PDRC), a local NGO building up capacity of the MoS Strategic Analysis Unit (SAU), to strengthen their role in the project;
- working with the MoS to build their understanding of their role as a security ministry;
- working with UNSOM and UNDP to identify risks of engagement.
A number of individual/organisation interviews are also foreseen.
In 2017, the UN and the World Bank requested DCAF's support in their planned study on the prevention of violent conflict. DCAF, as subject matter experts, contributed its knowledge of how SSR has supported prevention. DCAF provided the UN and the World Bank with a short paper setting out examples and evidence of how SSR has supported the prevention of conflict. This enabled the UN and the World Bank to include examples of how SSR has contributed to prevention in their report.
To access the briefing paper by DCAF-ISSAT, The Contribution and Role of SSR in the Prevention of Violent Conflict, kindly follow the link.
For the preliminary report from the World Bank and UN, Pathways for Peace – Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict : Main Messages and Emerging Policy Directions, kindly follow the link.
UNICEF is looking for a Security Officer to provide supervisor with input related to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, assets, and resources in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.
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Sous la supervision de la Directrice Régionale Adjointe, le cabinet retenu devra faire une formation en communication stratégique, diplomatie et représentation à l‘endroit du senior staff du bureau régional de ONU Femmes. Cette formation aura lieu lors de la retraite du personnel de 2017 du bureau Régional de ONU Femmes pour l’Afrique de l’ouest et du centre. Le Cabinet aura notamment pour fonctions :
- Familiariser le staff senior avec les différents styles et usages protocolaires et diplomatiques ;
- Permettre au staff senior d’acquérir les compétences et les techniques nécessaires à la préparation et l’organisation des événements dans un cadre diplomatique ;
- Permettre au staff senior de pouvoir remplir les responsabilités liées à leur fonction et atteindre les objectifs stratégiques de ONU Femmes ;
- Diriger les travaux de groupes.
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Sous la supervision du Conseiller en paix et développement, le Volontaire des Nations Unies participera à la recherche de points de convergence susceptibles de faire le lien entre des initiatives locales et des institutions, structures et procédures nationales, ainsi que de renforcer le dialogue entre le gouvernement et la société civile et/ou au sein de la population ; en étroite collaboration avec le Secrétariat du Comité commun de pilotage du Fonds pour la consolidation de la paix, participer aux missions de suivi et d'évaluation, notamment la collecte, le traitement et l'analyse de données dans le cadre du Plan prioritaire de consolidation de la paix mis en place par le Fonds, et contribuer à mettre en place des lignes de base pour chaque réalisation du Plan prioritaire de consolidation de la paix.
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Taking especially into consideration the growing threat of violent extremism in Asia and the Pacific, including the increasing trend of domestic violent incidents, UN Women with the support of the government of Japan is seeking to expand its efforts in the area of prevention of radicalization and violent extremism through empowered women's influence in building resilient communities, with regional components and particular country focus in Indonesia and Bangladesh. Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security (P4), the National Project Officer will support national implementation of relevant project-based initiatives.
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The Chief of Service, Rule of Law will be responsible for leading and managing the development and implementation of the mission's strategies, establishing and maintaining relations
with senior national government officials and civil society representatives, building linkages with development partners and donors, advising and preparing different kinds of documents, participating in coordination mechanism at mission level, performing tasks necessary for the functioning of the missions' rule of law component.
The Senior Corrections Officer will be responsible for leading and managing the mission's strategies, establishing and maintaining relations with senior national government
officials and civil society representatives, building linkages with development partners and donors, advising and preparing different kinds of documents, participating in coordination mechanisms at mission level, and performing tasks for the functioning of the mission's corrections component.
The Conflict Sensitivity Advisor will report to the Chief Technical Advisor based in Goma, DRC, and works closely with Senior Human Settlement Officer in charge of the portfolio at the Regional Office for Africa. The focus of this positions is coordinate conflict sensitivity related to the programme implementation as well as providing high quality advisory services conflict sensitivity, Do no harm measures, and peacebuilding to a variety of partners and clients.
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This post is with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) which is a Special Political Mission under the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for reviewing and monitoring activities in Afghanistan; assessing trends which might affect the political situation and the political impact of intra-regional issues such as insurgency, refugees, drug control and natural resources and recommending solutions/possible action by United Nations.
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The Director of the Rule of Law Unit (ROLU) will lead and manage the development and implementation of the mission’s strategies related to the strengthening and development of all aspects of the rule of law, security sector, justice system, including: mapping of the status of the rule of law sector in South Sudan; implementation of applicable international standards, development and implementation of strategic planning processes, review and development of relevant legislation, supporting the development of effective linkages with the police and corrections systems. This will be undertaken by advising national counterparts and providing technical assistance, as needed.
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The Judicial Affairs Officer will be responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of the programme of the Justice Section, including the overall strategy and policy framework related to the rule of law and the development/reform of the legal and judicial systems, monitoring and reporting on the work of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers & Specialist Prosecutor's Office and serving as the Focal Point of the Justice Section for the development and implementation of rule of law indicators, including with regard to Sustainable Development Goal 16.
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Within delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief Security Advisor (CSA) the Close Protection Officer at the FS-5 level will carry out the following duties:
- Provides supervision to a close protection team and advice on operational requirements
- Maintains security coverage for the working office
- Conducts pre-deployment briefings with the Close Protection Officers
- Maintains the qualification records and ensures that security officers are certifie
- Identifies gaps in existing capability and makes recommendation
- Determines equipment, facility and supply needs
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Located in the Security Sector Section of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESG Yemen), the Senior Liaison Officer will be initially based in Amman, with eventual movement to Sana'a as the mission further deploys to Yemen in phases according to the security situation. The post will report to the Principal Security Sector Reform Officer and will provide security-sector wide information and analysis to Mission leadership, prepare draft reports for the UN Secretariat and the Security Council on issues related to the Mission's mandate, the Yemen Peace process and Final Peace Agreement; make recommendations to senior management on possible security policies, strategies and other measures to address issues of concern and to advance mandated objectives among other duties.
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Ce poste est à pourvoir à la Division des Amériques au Département des affaires politiques des Nations Unies à New York. Le titulaire relève d’un spécialiste des questions politiques (hors classe), du Directeur et du Directeur adjoint de la Division.
Dans les limites des pouvoirs qui lui sont délégués, le titulaire s’acquitte des fonctions suivantes:
• Examiner et suivre les activités dans le(s) pays placé(s) sous sa responsabilité ; évaluer les tendances qui pourraient influer sur la situation politique, ainsi que les incidences politiques de problèmes d’intérêt régional (réfugiés, contrôle des drogues, ressources naturelles, etc.) ; formuler des recommandations sur la manière dont l'ONU pourrait résoudre ces questions et, éventuellement, intervenir.
• Analyser les événements politiques et connexes dans le(s) pays placé(s) désigné(s) afin d’en informer le Sous-Secrétaire général ou le Secrétaire général adjoint en temps utile.
• Établir des notes, documents de synthèse, listes de sujets de discussion, discours et autres textes à l’intention du Secrétaire général, des conseillers principaux, du Secrétaire Général adjoint ou du Sous-Secrétaire général, ainsi qu’à de hauts fonctionnaires de l'Organisation.
• Coordonner la collecte et l'analyse d'informations sur les questions politiques relevant de sa compétence.
• Concourir à l’organisation de négociations et de missions d'établissement des faits et y participer.
• Proposer à sa hiérarchie des informations actualisées sur des questions politiques de fond, ainsi que sur des questions d’intérêt national ou régional et formuler des recommandations sur les mesures à prendre.
• Se tenir en rapport avec les autres secteurs de l'ONU, les autres organisations internationales et les gouvernements pour les questions de coordination et de politique ; informer les représentants et formuler, le cas échéant, des propositions et recommandations.
• Participer à des conférences, séminaires et forums académiques en rapport avec son domaine de compétence.
• Exécuter, en consultation avec le supérieur hiérarchique, des fonctions administratives liées à la planification du personnel et au budget.
• S’acquitter de toutes autres tâches connexes qui pourraient lui être confiées.
Pour ce poste, la maîtrise de l’anglais et de l’espagnol est indispensable. La connaissance du français est souhaitable.
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This position of senior governance and public administration officer is located in the Development Management Branch (DMB), in the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). DPADM focuses on supporting countries in improving effective, accountable, inclusive and transparent institutions and public administration at all levels for internationally agreed development goals including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The incumbent is under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Development Management Branch.
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This post is located within the Safety and Security Section (SSS) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Deputy Chief reports directly to the Chief, Safety and Security Section.
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Under the overall supervision of the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), the direct supervision of the Deputy Special representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG HC/RC) the HIV/AIDS Officer will be responsible for the design and implementation of HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and risk-reduction programme and activities for UN mission personnel and will work closely with national counterparts to ensure synergy with national HIV/AIDS programmes and activities.
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La Section de la Sécurité de la MINUSMA est à la recherche d'une personne de nationalité malienne pour un poste d'administrateur(trice) en analyse de sécurité. Cette personne doit avoir au moins deux années d'expérience professionnelle dans le domaine de l'analyse de la sécurité et parler français et anglais.
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This post is located in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OASG/OROLSI) of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The Officer will have dual reporting lines to the Team Leader of the Central Africa IOT (Integrated Operational Team) in the Office of Operations and the Assistant Secretary-General for OROLSI in DPKO.
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Under the general supervision of the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the incumbent provides policy and planning advice as well as operational support within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) on all matters related to Somalia.
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This post is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service. The Corrections Officer reports to the Chief f the Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service or his/her designate.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: (i) providing advice and support to the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions and other offices in DPKO and the wider United Nations System, (ii) formulating strategies and policies for corrections activities in field missions as part of a comprehensive rule of law approach (iii) Planning corrections aspects of peace operations and providing technical and operational guidance to field personnel, among others.
Please note that applications must be submitted in Inspira (http://careers.un.org).
This position is located in the Justice and Corrections Standing Capacity (JCSC), based in the United Nations Global Service Center (UNGSC) in Brindisi. Upon authorization of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, this capacity deploys to field missions for approximatively 60% of the year on short notice to: (i) start-up rule of law and/or corrections components in new United Nations field operations (including participating in pre-mission planning); (ii) reinforce existing United Nations field operations in providing assistance and support to national authorities in the area of corrections, and (iii) understake operation assessments and mapping of the national prison systems, as well as evaluations of activities and programmes conducted by the corrections components of peace operations.
Please note that applications must be submitted in Inspira (http://careers.un.org).
Arabic- and French-speakers, as well as qualified women, are especially encouraged to apply. All applicants are kindly requested to include "outreachforpeace" in the first line of their cover letter.The following three positions are advertised: DIRECTOR OF MISSION SUPPORT, D2, Bamako, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Deadline: 14 August 2015DIRECTOR OF MISSION SUPPORT, D2, Monrovia, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Deadline: 6 August 2015DIRECTOR OF MISSION SUPPORT, D2, El Fasher, AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Deadline: 11 August 2015Prospective candidates are requested to follow this link: http://careers.un.org, and then navigate down the page to "Search job openings". There, under Category, select "Professional and Higher Categories", and under Level, select "D-2". The positions listed above can be found in the search results. Please note that although it does take time to build your profile on our website, it is a one-time activity. Once a profile is built, it can be used for future applications.
These Director of Mission Support positions have a number of requirements, including a minimum of 10 years of management experience of which 5 at a senior level managing multi-disciplinary teams including human resources, procurement, finance and logistics professionals.More information regarding requirements is listed within the job postings, which can be accessed via the link and instructions above. The Director of Mission Support acts as the principal advisor to the Head of Mission on all matters pertaining to administrative and technical support activities and, as such, is responsible and accountable to the Head of Mission for the effective general management of the human, financial and physical resources allocated to the mission.
Call of Expression of Interest- Review Of Impact Achieved By UN Rule Of Law Activities At The National Level
UNODC develops tools for stakeholders to assist States in the implementation of the UN standards and norms. They include a variety of handbooks, training curriculums and model laws which provide guidance to United Nations agencies, governments and individuals at each stage of criminal justice reform.
An overview of all the handbooks and manuals that the Justice Section develops is available in English, French and Spanish.
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Renata Dwan, Senior Project Officer Civilian Capacities at the United Nation's headquarters in New York, explains this initiative, why it was set up and what it seeks to achieve.
United Nations, New York, 26 November 2012 - The video provides guidance to United Nations staff engaged in supporting national defence sector reform and highlights its importance for the future stability, peace and development of post conflict countries. It also explains the role of the United Nations in the field of DSR and advocates for the inclusion of better defined DSR mandates for UN missions. -------- Definitions: Defence Sector Reform: Describes a nationally-owned process intended to reconcile, reform, transform, restructure, reengineers, enhance or develop an effective, efficient, accountable and affordable defence sector which operates without discrimination, with full respect of human rights and, under extraordinary and constitutionally defined circumstances, in support of the establishment, maintenance and upholding of law and order. In some specific cases, the reform process may include the assessment of the role of the private defence-related organizations and regularization of non-statutory forces . UN peacekeeping: Refers to activities that helps countries torn by conflict create conditions for lasting peace. UN Peacekeeping is guided by three basic principles: 1) Consent of the parties; 2) Impartiality; 3) Non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate. UN peacebuilding: Involves a range of measures targeted to reduce the risk of lapsing or relapsing into conflict by strengthening national capacities at all levels for conflict ...
United Nations - UNMAS programme staff is almost 50% female. What motivates these women? What makes this work so fulfilling? In their own voices UNMAS officers tell what they seek to achieve.
A United Nations Stories piece on the growing opposition to long prison sentences in Armenia and Georgia.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presents the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism outlined in his report (A/70/674) from the 24th of December 2015, forwarded to the General Assembly for its consideration. In the plan he calls on Member States and the international community to come together to combine all their knowledge and resources to combat the roots of the causes that lead to violent extremism. With the emphasis on prevention as a long-term solution, he makes reference to the use of security sector reform programming as a mechanism to build the capacity of Member States to address violent extremism.
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This 16-minute video provides guidance to United Nations staff engaged in supporting national defence sector reform and highlights its importance for the future stability, peace and development of post conflict countries. It also explains the role of the United Nations in the field of DSR and advocates for the inclusion of better defined DSR mandates for UN missions.
Defence Sector Reform:
Describes a nationally-owned process intended to reconcile, reform, transform, restructure, reengineers, enhance or develop an effective, efficient, accountable and affordable defence sector which operates without discrimination, with full respect of human rights and, under extraordinary and constitutionally defined circumstances, in support of the establishment, maintenance and upholding of law and order. In some specific cases, the reform process may include the assessment of the role of the private defence-related organizations and regularization of non-statutory forces.
This summit of Speakers of Parliament from across the world is a unique forum for dialogue and cooperation between parliaments at the highest level. The overall theme of the Conference will focus on peace, democracy, and development seen through the parliamentary lens. The Conference is part of the series of high-level meetings leading up to the UN Summit in late September 2015, at which the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be launched. The Conference is convened by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in cooperation with the United Nations.
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Policy and Research Papers
Compilation of good practices on legal and institutional frameworks and measures that ensure respect for human rights by intelligence agencies while countering terrorism, including on their oversight
This document presents a compilation of good practices on legal and institutional frameworks and measures that ensure respect for human rights by intelligence agencies while countering terrorism, including on their oversight, as requested by the Human Rights Council and prepared by the Special Rapporteur on the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. The compilation is the outcome of a consultation process where Governments, experts and practitioners in various ways provided their input. In particular, written submissions received from Governments by a deadline of 1 May 2010 have been taken into account.
On 14 May 2010, the Permanent Missions of Nigeria and South Africa to the United Nations, with facilitation support from the United Nations SSR Unit, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, and with generous financial contribution from the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the United Nations, co-hosted the High-level Forum on African Perspectives on SSR. The event brought together approximately 80 high-level participants from 55 Permanent Missions and 11 United Nations entities.
The High-Level Forum highlighted emerging trends and developments in the field of SSR, including its place within broader institutional reform, the role of intra-African SSR support, outsourcing and the role of private commercial security actors in supporting SSR and the significance of the African Union’s SSR Policy as an integral part the African Peace and Security Framework (APSA). The co-chairs’ statement, which is included herein, underscored that these developments are “significant for the success and sustainability of such reform processes moving forward but which, so far, have not featured adequately in the SSR policy agenda”.
The High-Level Forum and co-chairs statement were informed by findings from the Experts-level Seminar on African Perspectives on SSR, which was held the previous day on 13 May. This event brought together representatives from 15 African Permanent Missions, the African Union SSR advisor and high-ranking officials from the Burundian National Defense Forces and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Bujumbura. The discussions, focused on three main themes: 1) national ownership; 2) coordination of SSR assistance; and 3) the regional dimensions of SSR.
Report of the Secretary-General on the role of United Nations Peacekeeping in Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (S/2000/101)
The Secretary General's report to the United Nations Security Council relating to the United Nation's role in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), with special attention being paid to the problems of disarmament and demobilisation of child soldiers and their reintegration into society. The report cites the precise definition of the term "DDR", and details a discussion on demobilisation and reintegration, and the best ways of approaching the issues.
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The unending saga of human rights deprivations in Somalia over the past two decades have now been compounded by another humanitarian crisis. The devastating drought currently ravaging the Horn of Africa, compounded by conflict and the denial of
humanitarian assistance, has resulted in a declaration of famine in two regions of South-Central Somalia. Already in the course of the independent expert’s sixth visit to Somalia, in February 2011, the drought had taken a heavy toll on livestock and food reserves. The full impact of the drought can be seen on the Somali population, a large number of whom have been forced to flee their homes in search of food and succour. Deaths caused by malnutrition have been documented among new arrivals in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia and into Mogadishu. The United Nations has already warned that, unless urgent measures are taken to increase the response, the famine will spread to the whole of southern Somalia within the next two months. This should not be allowed to happen and become another blot on the conscience of mankind.
Apart from the drought and famine, the armed conflicts between Islamist insurgents and the Transitional Federal Government, supported by the troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), continues to cause deaths and injury to the civilian
population. Indiscriminate shelling and firing in urban areas, and suicide and improvised explosive attacks by the insurgent group Al-Shabaab, are the main causes.
Recent offensive has resulted in territorial gains for AMISOM and Transitional Federal Government forces. On 6 August 2011, Al-Shabaab announced its withdrawal from positions it had held in Mogadishu for nearly two years. Although Al-Shabaab has been
under military pressure in Mogadishu from the combined operations of AMISOM and Transitional Federal Government forces forsome time, its sudden withdrawal came as a surprise.
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To guide the United Nations support to national defence sector reform (DSR) efforts. It outlines the parameters and components of this support, including principles, elements for any mission concept, core tasks and constraints. The policy also highlights linkages with security sector reform (SSR), rule of law and other broader reform processes, such as public administration reform initiatives and regional security development plans, as well as with United Nations actors, including those involved in peacemaking, peacekeeping, early peacebuilding and peacebuilding, development, humanitarian relief and the promotion of human rights and the rule of law.
This Guidance Note provides principles, advice and resources for the United Nations as it supports the use and development of national capacity in countries emerging from conflict. The Note is intended to inform assessment, analysis and planning exercises with national as well as other partners and to guide capacity development programming, covering the entire spectrum of UN support including peacekeeping, humanitarian and development activities.
The Note lays out ten principles, advice and resources, which seek to ensure that the United Nations’ system-wide support to capacity development is based on national ownership and priorities, while acknowledging its mandates and norms:
1. Make national ownership the starting point for capacity development.
2. Analyse and manage the political aspects of capacity development.
3. Adapt capacity development support to fit the national context.
4. Prioritise the feasible within the context of national priorities, including critical capacity gap
5. Take a strategic approach to capacity development, balancing support for quick wins and long-term results.
6. Draw on countries with experience of transition, especially from the global South.
7. Minimise the risk of undermining national capacity through the use of national and international
8. Build back better: develop new capacities that don’t just replicate the past.
9. Make more use of national systems and capacities.
10. Lead and collaborate more effectively as the United Nations in support of national capacity
The Secretary-General commissioned a panel composed of individuals experienced in various aspects of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace-building, to assess the shortcomings of the existing system and to make specific and realistic recommendations for change. The recommendations of the report focus not only on politics and strategy but also and perhaps even more so on operational and organizational areas of need. The report is popularly known as the Brahimi Report, named after the Chairman of the Panel, Lakhdar Brahimi.
To access the executive summary and the full report, click here.
UN Secretary General Report on "Securing States and societies: strengthening the United Nations comprehensive support to security sector reform" (A/67/970–S/2013/480)
The present report reviews the United Nations support to security sector reform, and includes recommendations on how best to strengthen the Organization’s comprehensive approach in this area, pursuant to the statement by the President of the Security Council of 12 October 2011 (S/PRST/2011/19). A number of achievements are highlighted and areas where further work is needed are noted, five years after the first report of the Secretary-General on security sector reform, entitled “Securing peace and development: the role of the United Nations in supporting security sector reform” (A/62/659-S/2008/39).
The United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime undertook the Global Study on Legal Aid to establish a baseline understanding of how the right to legal aid in civil, criminal and administrative cases has been defined and addressed around the world. The Global Study is the international community’s first attempt to collect data on and present a comprehensive overview of the state of legal aid globally. It provides valuable insights on a number of common priorities faced by countries for enhancing people’s access to effective legal aid services.
For full access to Global Study on Legal Aid, kindly follow the link.
Between 2 and 18 February 2017 a joint team from the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (MINUSTAH and the Justice and Corrections Service) and the USAID Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP), supported by DCAF’s International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) undertook a mission to Haiti that examined the MINUSTAH-supported BAL of Port-au-Prince (2012-2017), Cap-Haïtien and Les Cayes (2015-2016), legal aid projects implemented by PROJUSTICE/USAID, and Government-supported BAL established between 2015 and 2017.
The mission report is currently available in French with an English executive summary, and will be fully available in English soon.
La MONUSCO facilite l’installation de la Commission de résolution de conflits à Mukebo, localité située à 160 Km au Nord-est de Manono dans la Province du Tanganyika. La Commission est constituée de 14 membres choisis par les deux communautés Pygmée et Luba dans l’objectif de relancer le dialogue intercommunautaire.
La mise en place de la Commission paritaire Pygmées-Luba vient consolider la mise en œuvre du plan d’action de résolution de conflit intercommunautaire lancé depuis quelques mois par le Bureau de la MONUSCO-Kalemie en soutien aux autorités politico-militaires de la province du Tanganyika.
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Chapter 8 discusses the importance of analysis and planning for every aspect of civil affairs work, and gives an overview of the tools and processes relevant for analysis and planning in UN field missions. It provides basic models for conducting both analysis and planning exercises that can be adapted to the needs of Civil Affairs Officers and components.
Security Council, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2250 (2015), Urges Member States to Increase Representation of Youth in Decision-Making at All Levels
Recognizing the threat to stability and development posed by the rise of radicalization among young people, the Security Council today urged Member States to consider ways to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 2250 (2015), which defined youth as persons aged 18 through 29, the Council also urged Member States to consider setting up mechanisms that would enable young people to participate meaningfully in peace processes and dispute resolution.
The guidance on mediation provides relevant concepts and tools that can add to the palette of expertise of a good advisor in volatile settings. Mediation skills are an important feature of a good advisor, even if mediation is not the key role.
This guidance is available through the following link: http://peacemaker.un.org/sites/peacemaker.un.org/files/GuidanceEffectiveMediation_UNDPA2012%28english%29_0.pdf
The SSR Newsletter provides an update on recent activities of the SSR Unit, gives an overview of upcoming initiatives and shares relevant information and announcements with the greater SSR community.
In this issue:
- Release of the second Secretary- General’s report on SSR
- Spotlight on a Mission: UNSOM
- UN Military Contingent Officers Course
- Policy Forum on SSR and POC
On the 24th of December 2015, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon created the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism which he presented in his report (A/70/674) for the General Assembly to consider. The plan emphasises the need to act to prevent the further spread of violent extremism by addressing the root causes that lead to it through an effective global partnership that brings together knowledge and resources to tackle these issues. The recommendations presented have international, regional and national implications for all stakeholders. More specifically, with the emphasis on prevention as a long-term solution, he makes reference to the use of security sector reform programming as a mechanism to build the capacity of Member States to address violent extremism.
For the full report, kindly follow the link: Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism
To access the official UN video of the Secretary General presenting the plan of action, kindly follow the link: Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General), Presentation of the Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism
Mandates of recent UN peacekeeping operations have shown substantial innovation in the thinking of UN Security Council. The expansion of the scope of activities of UN missions beyond what the UN peacekeepers are accustomed to has prompted questions over the future direction of UN peacekeeping. At the June 2014 open debate of the UN Security Council on "New trends in UN peacekeeping operations", Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced he had asked the Secretariat to initiate work on a review of UN peacekeeping. It was decided that the review would consist of two parallel but interrelated efforts on the part of the UN Secretariat and the High-Level Panel, and that attention should be given both to the peacekeeping operations and the special political missions (SPMs).
(For more background information on the High-Level Independent Panel on UN Peace Operations, read this Policy Brief authored by Mateja Peter and published by the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.)
In June 2015, members of the High level panel produced a 111 page joint report, which can be downloaded here. A summary of key findings can also be found here. The latter highlights four essential shifts that are needed, and formulates a number of key recommendations, including (but not limited to) on conflict prevention, protection of civilians, use of force, women, peace and security, and integrating human rights.
The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners adopted in 1957 have recently undergone a revision. The revision process recognised that the Rules are a key standard for the treatment of prisoners globally and are widely used today, but there had been major developments in human rights and criminal justice since their adoption. The revised set of Rules will be known as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules)’.