Stories from the Field
Partnership in Action
United Nations Mission in Liberia’s Police Assist in the Development of Security and Rule of Law in Liberia
Since the inception of the UN Mission in Liberia, the UN Police Component has collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme to assist our national law enforcement partners in their development. While originally, the collaboration was geared primarily toward meeting immediate needs to enable the training of Liberia National Police (LNP); the collaboration has evolved into a fully fledged partnership of national authorities, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the UNCT and of course, donors.
A Medal Ceremony for the Nigerian Formed Police Unit serving in Liberia. UN Photo
Through the assistance of donors, supported by the administration of funding by UNDP, and with the technical advice of UNPOL; the Liberia National Police and the Liberia Bureau of Immigration now have in place and are implementing Strategic Plans and Development Programs. Through our UNMIL partners, the Ministry of Justice and the Bureau of Corrections have also designed Strategic Plans. To better meet the needs of donors wishing to support efforts to consolidate and sustain peace and security in Liberia, UNDP has established a Justice and Security Trust Fund. This Trust Fund aims to enable the funding of priority projects within each of the respective agencies’ Strategic Plans.
UNPOL and UNDP also worked with donors and national authorities to ensure that bi-lateral and multi-lateral support is in harmony with priority projects and the achievement of Strategic Plans. Among priorities to which many donors have expressed an interest, and to which many have already committed, is that of the rebuilding and strengthening of the Liberia National Police Support Unit. In March 2010, the French provided bi-lateral training in Liberia for 150 Police Support Unit Officers.
The United States and Germany have both pledged substantial support that will enable additional recruitment of LNP officers into the Police Support Unit, and provide training and equipping for the officers. This project is quite unique as it encompasses support through the Trust Fund, through bi-lateral arrangement, and possibly multilateral arrangement. Coordination falls squarely on the shoulders of the LNP, UNPOL, UNDP and respective donors.
UNPOL, LNP and other stakeholders are also working in partnership with UNDP for the delivery of a Peace Building Fund Project. This project aims to strengthen LNP and community trust; as the LNP’s capacity for a community minded approach to policing is enhanced throughout Liberia.
“One UN” helps bring Rule of Law to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Over the last two years, the Rule of Law Section in the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), supported by the United Nations Police, has been working under the leadership of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, to create a joint, integrated UN-wide justice programme for the DRC. The programme, closely coordinated and supervised with the Government of DRC, integrates the priorities and mandates of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN peacekeeping operation and bilateral donors. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has also recently announced that it will establish a country presence to contribute to the UN system-wide efforts in the justice sector in the country.
From Investigation to Incarceration: DPKO Team Presents Police, Justice and Corrections at the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) represented DPKO at the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that was hosted by the Government of Brazil, in Salvador de Bahia, from 12-19 April 2010.
The theme of the Twelfth Congress was “Comprehensive strategies for global challenges: crime prevention and criminal justice systems and their development in a changing world”, as decided by the United Nations General Assembly. The Twelfth Crime Congress offered a unique opportunity to stimulate in-depth discussion and craft proposals for action. The aims of Congress were multi-dimensional and included highlighting the pivotal role of criminal justice in the development of good governance; bringing attention and coordination to the need for a holistic approach to justice sector reform and development in order to strengthen capacity for dealing with crime and identifying emerging forms of crime that pose a threat to societies and peace around the world and attempting to create mechanisms to prevent and control these spoilers.
DPKO representatives made presentations at the formal workshop sessions as well as at ancillary side events covering the following topics: UN Police Training Initiatives, UN Police Gender Mainstreaming Initiatives, UN Police Transnational Organized Crime Initiatives, OROLSI Challenges in Peacekeeping the 21st Century, OROLSI participation in the Rule of Law Resource and Coordination Group, Joint UN DPKO - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) efforts in Haiti and the Challenges and Responses of UN Corrections Officers in Post-Conflict Countries. The OROLSI team also supported the sessions organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, the International Policing Executive Symposium and the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime.
United Nations Crime Prevention Congresses have been held every five years since 1955 in different parts of the world, dealing with a vast array of topics. They have had a considerable impact on the field of international crime prevention and criminal justice and influenced national policies and professional practices. As a global forum, the Congresses enable the exchange of information and best practices among States and professionals working in this field. Their overall goal is to promote more effective crime prevention policies and criminal justice measures all over the world.