Highlights of UN Police Week 2017, day by day

Date: 
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

United Nations police week concluded on 10 November. During the week, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres met and took a photo 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.

On Thursday, 9 November, 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 transitions; gender/electoral security and capacity development respectively.

Police Commissioners focused on Wednesday, 8 November, on how police can be more effective in conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peace sustainment. 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, 7 November, 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, 6 November, 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 gender‑based violence, and violations and abuses against children.

In his address to the Security Council, Under‑Secretary‑General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean‑Pierre 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 week on the UN police website, at: https://police.un.org/en/un-police-week-6-10-november-2017. If you want to read the resolution, click here.

More photos are available HERE