Consolidating Security Council engagement on SSR: towards further implementation of resolution 2151 (2014)

On 20 August 2015, under the Presidency of Nigeria, the Security Council gathered for a closed, but televised, briefing on "Consolidating Security Council engagement on SSR: towards further implementation of resolution 2151 (2014)".
During the briefing, Assistant Secretary-General Titov noted that well-trained, well-supported and service-oriented police and military professionals are a country’s best defence against the violence and instability that threaten both lives and livelihoods. He also stressed that "peace operations should ideally leave behind at least a basically functioning security and rule of law system" and noted that "this should be considered as a strategic priority goal for most of our operations, so that the Council will not be seized over and over with relapsing conflicts, human suffering, impunity and instability". Mr Titov then recommended:

  1. SSR should be seen as an important conflict prevention tool; and progress towards security sector benchmarks should be embedded into a Mission’s exit strategy;
  2. host-States and the United Nations should agree on special compacts in the security sector and wider governance areas; and
  3. more reporting to the Security Council on SSR, as requested in S/RES/2151 (2014), was required. 

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