Monday, November 28, 2022

UN police seek global peace, to tackle bandits, terrorists

According to the UN, the challenges include expanding conflicts in high-population areas, expansion of transnational organised crime and violent extremism.

• November 15, 2022
UN Police
UN Police

The UN under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, has reaffirmed to the Security Council the vital role the UN police officers play across the conflict prevention spectrum from peacekeeping to peacebuilding.

On Monday, he outlined some of the greatest challenges to global peace, security and development.

The challenges include expanding conflicts in high-population areas, expansion of transnational organised crime and violent extremism.

The UN peacekeeping chief also highlighted growing climate and cyber insecurity risks and greater demand for comprehensive national capacity-building and police reform, saying there was an increasing need for “unique and specific policing responses.”

“We must, therefore, work collectively to ensure the United Nations Police (UNPOL) are properly prepared, equipped and resourced to address them,” stated Mr Lacroix.

Mr Lacroix outlined a strategic direction for UN policing in serving and protecting people where ‘blue helmets’ are stationed, beginning with Action for Peacekeeping, particularly in the areas prioritised within what the UN has designated as A4P+.

This includes coherent political strategies that deploy varied resources and leverage support to influence the political direction towards stability and good governance in countries with peacekeeping missions.

UNPOL would continue to underline “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse through enhanced pre-deployment and in-mission training” as a fifth priority, Mr Lacroix said.

Turning to strategic communications, the sixth priority, he said UN Police was working to amplify its presence through new engagement on large social media platforms such as LinkedIn, community-oriented policing and awareness-raising activities.

Meanwhile, the Women, Peace and Security agenda is infused in all aspects of A4P+ and “remains the foundation for improving our overall effectiveness,” he assured the council.

The peacekeeping chief said that gender-responsive policing efforts ensure that the security needs of women, men, girls and boys are considered, including through a robust network of gender advisers and police gender focal points.

He noted that UNPOL has already achieved its gender parity targets for 2025 and that women now head five of nine police components in UN peacekeeping operations. 

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Court room

States

Two teenagers jailed for possessing Indian hemp 

The judge, however, did not give the convicts an option of fine but ordered their jail term to begin from the day of their arrest.

Rights

Shanghai Protest: UK condemns China police for assaulting BBC journalist 

British Business Minister Grant Shapps said on Monday that there was no excuse for journalists covering protests to be beaten by police.

A composite of Governor Ademola Adeleke and NURTW members

Politics

Gov Adeleke warns protesting NURTW members against violence

There were protests in motor parks in Osogbo at Old garage motor park, Okefia, Olaiya and Aregbe.

A composite of President Muhammadu Buhari and naira

Economy

Buhari advised to stop corruption, fuel subsidy to reduce borrowing

The DMO chief said the international market had closed its doors to borrowing, making it difficult for Nigeria to borrow.

Anti-lockdown protests in China

Health

Shanghai tightens security after anti-lockdown protests in China

“We want to live a normal life. We should all bravely express our feelings,” said a protester.

dust haze

States

Nigeria to experience dust haze, NiMet warns

The forecast warned that “dust particles are in suspension, the public should take necessary precautions,” urging people with asthma and other respiratory issues to be cautious.