2020 marks the 60th anniversary of United Nations Police [fr]
PEACEKEEPING / POLICE COMPONENTS
STATEMENT BY MS NATHALIE BROADHURST,
DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL
New York, 4 November 2020
I thank the Under-Secretary-General and the Heads of the Police components here today for their briefings which allow us to assess accurately the challenges faced by United Nations Police and gendarmes on the field. I pay tribute to these men and women, who are carrying out their mission in demanding conditions, with particularly heavy sanitary constraints.
In this difficult context, I would also like to commend the constant investment of the Secretariat and in particular the Department of Peace Operations and its Police Division to optimize the use of United Nations Police. The Police mission, which is at the heart of partnerships and operational cooperation between the United Nations and national authorities, represents an invaluable asset for peacekeeping and peacebuilding. I would also like to welcome the Secretariat’s efforts to enable the Police Components of missions to reconcile security and performance.
France continues to support the implementation of the "Action for Peacekeeping" initiative and has currently 21 gendarmes of all ranks deployed in three missions: MINUSMA, MINUSCA and MONUSCO. France is, and will continue to be a committed, constructive and reliable partner in enabling UN police to fully exercise their missions.
As the year 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of United Nations Police, I wish to highlight two priorities:
First, it is essential that UN Police support the transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding. The populations must of course be at the heart of this objective. The establishment or re-establishment of a relationship of trust between the population, public authorities and institutions is indeed an indispensable condition for the return to lasting peace. This implies the strengthening of the rule of law, the support of national internal security forces, the protection of all and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In the context of the COVID19 pandemic, this trust is even more difficult to gain and maintain since every gendarme and police officer in contact with the population must abide strictly by the sanitary rules, in order not to be perceived being themselves as a vector for the spread of the virus.
Second priority, the UN Police must continue its efforts to become more efficient. France is contributing to this by supporting training actions before and during deployment, as well as increased use of police experts, support for mastering the language of the host country and gender-balanced contingents. This aspect is also key to strenghening police effectiveness. France fully supports the objective of increasing the deployment of women in all positions, including those with responsibilities. The new system for monitoring the performance of peace operations, set up by the Secretariat, is also very useful for improving the effectiveness of UNPOL, wherever its units are deployed, to help scale up local police forces and the protection of populations.