Security Sector Reform: Front and Centre
Wednesday, 20 November 2013, New York | DSG | OROLSI
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has called for an increase in national ownership and funding for security sector reform (SSR) as part of an effort to strengthen the links between peace and security, development, and human rights.
“Security sector reform has become central to the work of the United Nations in reducing violence, addressing transnational organized crime, promoting human rights and contributing to overall stability,” said Mr. Eliasson, before the high-level open meeting of the UN Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform in New York. In his speech, the Deputy UN chief highlighted Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report A/69/970-S/2013/480 on the topic, saying that security sector reform was focused on “making people’s lives safer.”
M ore than 120 representatives from over 80 Member States came together to reflect on how to move forward with the implementation of the reports key recommendations. Speeches were also delivered by the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and by the Permanent Representative of South Africa, the two countries co-chairing the Group of Friends.