Host Governments


First and foremost, it is a host government's responsibility to ensure the safety and security of UN personnel in their territory. UNDSS leads host Government security collaboration for the UNSMS and reinforces the capacity of the host Government to fulfill these obligations. This means that UNDSS liaises with host Government police, military and foreign ministries (or similar) to facilitate cooperation and adherence to requirements, and to ensure security support is provided to UN personnel on the ground in times of crisis.




Intergovernmental Process


Annually,  UNDSS’s Division of Partnerships and Specialised Support (DPSS) provides technical support to the European Union in the United Nations Intergovernmental negotiations on the "safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel.” The aim is to sustain Member States' political support for UNDSS and the UNSMS. A positive result: For the past three years, Member States have supported the need for “predictable and adequate resources” for UN security management. 




UN General Assembly


As mandated by the UN General Assembly (GA), UNDSS is the author Department for the report of the Secretary-General on “safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel.” 
Following weeks of negotiations on these issues, during the 73rd Session, the GA in its plenary adopted its resolution on the same title of the report (

Since 2018, UNDSS’s active engagement with Member States has resulted in the continuous rise in the number of Member States cosponsoring the resolution. More than 90 Member States cosponsored the 74th GA resolution (A/74/464), compared to some 70 in 2018. In this resolution, the GA reaffirmed its support for the efforts of UNDSS and the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) on the protection of UN personnel.