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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.”

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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.  

On behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on SSR, Assistant Secretary-General Dmitry Titov outlined the key challenges and priorities for SSR in peacekeeping and peacebuilding. The Assistant Secretary-General of UNDP, Jordan Ryan, emphasized the role of SSR for development, as well as the importance of adequately reflecting security within the post-2015 development agenda. 

The report was widely commended for seeking ways to operationalize the national ownership principle guiding security sector reform. It was noted that enhanced efforts are needed to address the challenges associated with ensuring national ownership in fragile States. Speakers also recognized the importance of the strategic partnership with the African Union on SSR and encouraged further efforts to develop such partnerships with other regional and sub-regional organizations, such as the Organization of American States and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.