UN police recognized

The outgoing secretary-general complimented the UN’s police leaders in these remarks, noting progress in establishing strategic guidance frameworks and improving gender balance. He emphasized the important role in peacekeeping missions played by police who are “people-centred, rights-based, modern and agile.”

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2 Responses to UN police recognized

  1. gwen cordner says:

    I hope the UN police will not be tasked with enforcing their “sustainable development” on me.

  2. Gary Cordner says:

    Not likely unless you move to Liberia. There are a lot of places in the world where economic development and plain old safety of people are at serious risk and UN peacekeepers (military and police) have unquestionably saved a lot of lives. Pulling together a UN police mission comprised of hundreds or thousands of police from multiple countries in order to protect people in places like Sierra Leone and Haiti has been a huge challenge, considering differences in training, experience, cultures, etc. The UN Police Division has gotten a lot better at it over the last 5-10 years. I think nationalist fears of UN police in developed countries like the U.S. are greatly exaggerated. Don’t forget that nearly all of the UN police are seconded from their home countries (the only serious exception is US police, who are usually individually contracted). They would be recalled by their home countries in a heartbeat if there was ever an attempt to deploy them for anything other than humanitarian purposes.

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