Purpose of security sector reform is to make people's lives safer: BanListen /
Public confidence in governments can be strengthened by a professional and accountable security sector .
That's what the UN Secretary-General told members of the Security Council on Monday during an open debate on security sector reform (SSR).
Simply put, the purpose of security sector reform (SSR) is to make people's lives safer, Ban Ki-moon said.
"The sight of an officer in uniform should evoke feelings of order, discipline and security. Our collective goal is to help States build professional security institutions solidly anchored in a culture of service, rather than an unchecked and unaccountable exercise of power and force. Together we can make this a reality." (25″)
Mr Ban said he saw the terrible consequences of disintegrating security institutions during his visit to the Central African Republic (CAR) early April this year.
Chaired by Nigeria, the meeting is expected to conclude with the adoption of the first thematic resolution on security sector reform.
The Secretary-General said he was confident the resolution would boost political momentum for these efforts.
Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.