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United Nations Police Week, 6-10 November 2017

From 6-10 November the Police Division will convene the 2017 UN Police Week.
Start date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017
End date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Event location: 
UN Headquarters, New York, USA

Heads of police components (HOPCs) in UN peacekeeping operations and special political missions will come to New York for discussions, as well as briefings to the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations and the Security Council.

During the week, Heads of police components will consider the recommendations of the Internal Review of the UN Peace and Security Architecture related to UN policing, as well as the status of implementation of the Secretary-General’s reform plan on UN policing as outlined in S/2016/952. 


Highlights of UN Police week, day by day

United Nations police week concludes today. This follows a brief meeting and photo of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres with the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions, Alexandre Zouev, UN Police Adviser Luis Carrilho and Heads of police components in UN peace operations yesterday.

On Thursday, the Police Commissioner of UNAMID, Ms. Priscilla Makotose, the Commissioner of MONUSCO, Mr. Awale Abdounasir and the Commissioner of MINUSCA, Mr. Roland Zamora briefed the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations on transitioning, gender/electoral security and capacity development respectively.

Police Commissioners also focused on Wednesday how police can be more effective in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace sustainment during UN police week.

Heads of UN police components also discussed how to achieve gender-responsive policing. 1,118 female police officers from 70 countries serve in peacekeeping operations and special political missions. They act as role models for gender equality, inspiring women and girls to advocate for their own rights and pursue careers in law enforcement.

On Tuesday, the discussions focused on partnerships, good practices and challenges of UN capacity-building. More than 11,000 United Nations police officers from 89 countries,are mandated to assist host-States in reforming their police and other law enforcement institutions.

On Monday, the Security Council adopted resolution 2382 (2017), which supports implementing the Strategic Guidance Framework for Police Peacekeeping. The resolution also recognized the important role that United Nations police components play in the protection of civilians, including in preventing and addressing sexual and genderbased violence, and violations and abuses against children.

In his address to the Security Council, UnderSecretaryGeneral for Peacekeeping Operations JeanPierre Lacroix said the United Nations police played a continued vital role in bridging the Organization’s work from prevention and peacekeeping to peacebuilding and development. The new United Nations Police Adviser, Chief Superintendent Luis Carrilho from Portugal, was also welcomed by UN seniors during the opening.

Find out more about the mandates of MINUSCA, MINUSMA, MINUJUSTHUNAMID, UNMIL, UNMISS and UNSOM by listening to short 2-minute videos. If you want to read the resolution, click here.