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The United Nations Inter-Agency Security Sector Reform Task Force (IASSRTF) was established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2007 to promote an integrated, holistic and coherent United Nations security sector reform (SSR) approach that envisages to assist States and societies in establishing effective, inclusive and accountable security institutions so as to contribute to international peace and security, sustainable development and the enjoyment of human rights by all. 


The Task Force brings together a number of United Nations agencies and departments that all have developed for many years specific expertise and capacity in assisting national actors to maintain and increase security. With the aim of enhancing support to the field, the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force is elaborating United Nations SSR Integrated Technical Guidance Notes, standards and practices; providing support to regional organizations and consultations; managing a roster of SSR experts and delivering training to United Nations personnel, external partners, national actors, regional and sub-regional organizations. The IASSRTF is also committed to increase its efforts towards the establishment of joint programmes and initiatives.
Member states discuss the second Secretary-General's report on Security Sector Reform

On November 4 in New York, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has urged greater national ownership and more funding towards SSR as part of an effort to strengthen the links between peace and security, development, and human rights. ”Security sector reform has become central to the work of the United Nations in reducing violence, addressing transnational organized crime, promoting human rights and contributing to overall stability,” said Mr. Eliasson, addressing the high-level open meeting of the UN Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform in New York. 

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Combining forces to enhance people’s security

Police reform is one of the priorities of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). With a total population of 68 million, the country counts 103,000 police officers in service - about one officer for every 602 inhabitants. The DRC thus ranks among the least-policed countries in the world.

Under the aegis of the Inter-Agency SSR Taskforce and with the financial support of the Netherlands, UNDP together with UNPOL/MONUSCO and EUPOL is implementing a project to strengthen the community police (police de proximité). The project is part of a broader initiative that aims to enhance local security and to revitalise existing services.

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