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UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said the women, peace and security agenda is “infused in all aspects” of the UN’s Action for Peacekeeping implementation strategy (A4P+) and remains the “foundation for improving” the overall effectiveness of peacekeeping operations. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Close up, UN flag outside headquarters

10 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“In addition to integrating more technical tools and innovation in peacekeeping, the women, peace and security agenda is infused in all aspects of A4P+ and remains the foundation for improving our overall effectiveness. Gender-responsive policing efforts by the United Nations Police ensure that the different security needs of men, women, girls and boys are considered. With the support of our Member States, the United Nations Police has already achieved its gender parity targets for 2025, and I am very pleased that five of our police components are currently headed by women, including Police Commissioners Lusala and Boughani. We will continue to count on your assistance in helping us expand and sustain these numbers.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, United Nations:
“A4P aims to refocus peacekeeping on realistic expectations, make peacekeeping missions stronger and safer, and mobilize greater support for political solutions and for well-equipped, well-trained forces. Through this, we are better placed to address today’s challenges to peace and security and, ultimately, to improve the lives of the people we serve.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Violet Lusala, Police Commissioner, United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA):
“I urge the Council to impress upon the two governments to immediately establish the Abyei Police Service. Moreover, the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender in Abyei would facilitate judicial action and alleviate the conditions in detention facilities. The governments of Sudan and South Sudan should also be encouraged to provide basic services across Abyei. Meanwhile, UNPOL remains committed to continue delivering on its mandate and adapting to the realities on the ground.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Patricia Boughani, Police Commissioner, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA):
“The high profile of women within UNPOL should encourage the Malian population, but also the Malian security forces to understand the assets and qualities of women, and even to encourage women to take up the careers in posts that are traditionally considered as male dominated ones.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said the women, peace and security agenda is “infused in all aspects” of the UN’s Action for Peacekeeping implementation strategy (A4P+) and remains the “foundation for improving” the overall effectiveness of peacekeeping operations.

Briefing the Security Council today (10 Nov) on the strategic priorities of UN Police components in peace operations, Lacroix said the annual briefing on UN Police Operations is an opportunity to reaffirm the vital role that UN Police play across the conflict prevention spectrum, from peacekeeping to peacebuilding.

He said UN Police (UNPOL) carried on efforts to create an enabling environment, including by promoting women’s networks within peacekeeping missions, which advise mission leadership on living conditions for women peacekeepers and how to foster gender-responsive working environments. He said UNPOL also reinforced zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, including through enhanced pre-deployment and in-mission training.

The meeting also focused on Women, Peace and Security in the context of UN police operations. Lacroix said gender-responsive policing efforts by the UNPOL “ensure that the different security needs of men, women, girls and boys are considered.” He said, with the support of Member States, “the United Nations Police has already achieved its gender parity targets for 2025,” adding that five of UN police components are currently headed by women. He told the Council, “We will continue to count on your assistance in helping us expand and sustain these numbers.”

The Under-Secretary-General said Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) “aims to refocus peacekeeping on realistic expectations, make peacekeeping missions stronger and safer, and mobilize greater support for political solutions and for well-equipped, well-trained forces. Through this, we are better placed to address today’s challenges to peace and security and, ultimately, to improve the lives of the people we serve.”

Violet Lusala, Police Commissioner at the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), said the improved relationship between Sudan and South Sudan has not yet translated into progress towards finding a political solution for the final status of Abyei. She said challenges to the protection of civilians and UNISFA mandate implementation in general remain, including limited rule of law structures, human rights violations, impediments to humanitarian assistance, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lusala said UNPOL’s efforts have been hampered by the unwillingness of South Sudan to participate in a joint integrated planning exercise for the establishment of Abyei Police Service; failure of both parties to review and endorse the MoU on the handing over of suspects; reluctance by Sudan to issue visas for UNPOL personnel to enable the Police Component to reach the authorized ceiling of 148 Individual Police Officers and the deployment of three Formed Police Units, all of which have affected the Mission’s efforts to address criminality. She stressed that the continued non-establishment of the Abyei Police Service has created a vacuum for local law enforcement, while the lack of basic services such as water, health and education is also a criminogenic factor.

The Police Commissioner urged the Council to “impress upon the two governments to immediately establish the Abyei Police Service.” Moreover, she said, “the establishment of the Office of the Public Defender in Abyei would facilitate judicial action and alleviate the conditions in detention facilities. The governments of Sudan and South Sudan should also be encouraged to provide basic services across Abyei. Meanwhile, UNPOL remains committed to continue delivering on its mandate and adapting to the realities on the ground.”

United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) Police Commissioner, Patricia Boughani, said the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action of 1995 as well as resolutions 1325 and 2122 lay the foundation for integrating women into the heart of peace and security processes.

She said the high profile of women within UNPOL “should encourage the Malian population, but also the Malian security forces to understand the assets and qualities of women, and even to encourage women to take up the careers in posts that are traditionally considered as male dominated ones.”

Boughani stressed that the gender dimension within the Malian security forces can be seen through UNPOL’s joint patrols, colocation, showing the skills and competencies of women through its training within which it systematically requests women be present, and raising awareness on gender issues.

The Police Commissioner underscored the need to be creative to further develop synergy of action with other substantive sections in MINUSMA in order to promote the gender perspective. She said, taking into consideration cultural trends and given the fact that few women are deployed in the Malian security forces in the Center and North regions, UNPOL is developing several strategies, including capacity building for the Malian security forces, training courses as part of its global project, financial empowerment of women through quick impact projects, and setting up local police forces.

Boughani said MINUSMA and UNPOL are conducting numerous actions to promote the gender issue, adding that the mission is aware that this is a very large-scale task.
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