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We offer tailored Security Solutions
Aviation is critical to the continuity and safe delivery of UN programmes. UNDSS provides UN organizations and their staff with policy, guidance and information on global commercial air operators. UNDSS ensures quality, evidence-based information is available to the global UN System to enable decision-making for the suitability of air operators for use in official UN travel.
The work of UNDSS enables the conduct of global UN activities. By providing confidence that air operators have been assessed for safety, UN staff (beneficiaries of our work) can focus their attention on critical humanitarian, development and peacekeeping duties - wherever in the world they are located or may travel.
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Protective Services may be required as a mitigation measure to support the activities of Senior United Nations Officials (SUNO) in the course of their duties, who may be subject to increased threat and associated risk due to their role or implementation of specific mandates and programmes.
UNDSS is responsible for the setting of standards and coordination of Protective Security Services throughout the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) with Protective Services personnel operating across the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and Security and Safety Services (SSS) missions and locations.
Fire safety & hazmat
The United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) has established basic fire prevention principles and guidance on preparation and response in order to minimize the risk from fire to personnel, assets and operations. The Designated Official for security in each UN field location is responsible for ensuring the establishment, implementation and annual review of all fire safety plans within his/her area of responsibility.
The UN occupies premises all over the world, often in dangerous and high-risk locations. With direct attacks against UN premises on the rise, our Physical Security Unit (PSU) provides expert advice on physical security of UN offices to UNDSS security officials in the field, including premises’ assessments, technical specifications, blast vulnerability assessments, post-blast analysis and training in Physical Security.
The assessments and technical advice provided by PSU follows international standards and codes in order to provide the best advice necessary for each premises, according with the Security Risk Management requirements in the Area.
Special events security
We support security services at UN special events and conferences around the world to strengthen security arrangements.
In 2019 and 2020, UNDSS advised on and coordinated security support for 235 events organized by 36 UN Organizations in coordination with respective host governments in 101 countries. There were 381 UN Security personnel deployed to these events, including 18 major events attended by thousands of participants and high-level officials.
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Hostage incident management
As the organisations of the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) are increasingly called upon to operate in insecure areas, the UNSMS has developed a comprehensive policy, guidelines and training for managing hostage incidents.
The policy stipulates that the Organisation will not pay ransoms or make any substantial concessions to hostage-takers, nor shall it intervene with Member States concerned to make exchanges for hostages. Ransom or other concessions for the release of a hostage encourages potential hostage-takers and thus increases the danger that other personnel might face in the future.
In order to provide the highest level of security for the personnel, delegates and visitors of the United Nations, UNDSS conducts a wide range of special operations and explosive detection.
The K-9 Units have proved to be of great support in the identification, prevention and response to threats on the United Nations premises. K-9 units are currently in operation in seven locations - New York, Geneva, Nairobi, Vienna, Addis-Ababa, Santiago and Beirut. The main services provided by the K-9 units include, but are not limited to, vehicle searching, bomb sweeps of the premises and mail screening.