UN launches new approach to DDR

Friday, 06 December 2019

Friday, 6 December 2019 | New York | DPO 

The United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration recently launched the revised United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS).

On 19 November, the ‘Journey for Peace and Development’ high-level event was held simultaneously in New York and Geneva.

It brought global attention to the United Nations state-of-the-art disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) policy among Member States, donors and other partners, whose support for DDR is vital.

On behalf of the Secretary-General, Maria Luiza Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, delivered opening remarks that touched upon the “whole-of-UN” approach. 

Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva, emphasized that the revised guidance strengthens integrated DDR processes.

The common segment was chaired by Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. It featured Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Achim Steiner, UN Development Programme Administrator; and the Permanent Representatives from Germany and Sweden.

The second panel discussion in New York was moderated by Asako Okai, UNDP Assistant Secretary General, and featured remarks by Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire as the co-chairs of the Group of Friends of DDR, as well as UNICEF, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, and World Bank.

Speakers highlighted the relevance of the new guidance and standards to support decision-making. They help UN DDR practitioners navigate complex settings.

Many substantive inputs were also provided from the floor- by the United Kingdom, Colombia, Brazil, Belgium, and principals of the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. 

In Geneva, the second panel was moderated by Alexandre Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in DPO. It featured remarks by Colombia, European Union, and Local Youth Corner Cameroon.