United Nations Police Week 2018 - Committed to Excellence

Tuesday, 06 November 2018

New York | DPKO

Every year, Heads of the Police Components in Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions around the world come together to exchange best practices, meet their counterparts at headquarters, and discuss the operational requirements and priorities for the nearly 11,000 officers from 88 countries under their command.

2018 has already been a particularly exciting year for United Nations Police with Member States reaffirming that United Nations policing has become more central to effective peace operations.

Discussions among the Heads of United Nations Police Components will focus on topics such as:

  • the impact of the Secretary-General’s reforms on United Nations policing,
  • the role of United Nations police in the Secretary-General’s vision for conflict prevention and sustainable peace,
  • further strengthening United Nations police performance including through gender-responsive policing and parity, and
  • police and military cooperation.

During United Nations Police Week, the United Nations Female Police Officer of the Year award will be presented to an officer who is currently serving in a Peacekeeping mission or Special Political Mission. The award was created in 2011 to recognize the efforts of an outstanding officer and to commemorate the contributions of women in achieving sustainable peace.

Nominations are requested annually from Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions and are based on pre-determined criteria. A selection committee comprised of policing and peacekeeping experts evaluate the achievements of the nominated officers with an emphasis on the impacts made in more than one area of policing.

A photo exhibit highlighting the work of United Nations Police in the field will be launched in the Conference Building in United Nations Headquarters on 6 November. It showcases forty inspirational stories from United Nations photographer Nektarios Markogiannis, which shed light on United Nations Police work in Peacekeeping missions such as MINUSTAH, MINUSCA and UNMISS.

To learn more, go to https://police.un.org.