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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.
Landmark Resolution on Security Sector Reform

On Monday 28 April, the Security Council unanimously adopted its first stand-alone resolution on security sector reform (SSR). During the day-long Open Debate, forty Member States spoke on challenges and opportunities of SSR, including the five permanent members of the Security Council. 41 Member States co-sponsored the resolution. The debate was presided over by Aminu Wali, Foreign Minister of Nigeria, which held the Council Presidency for the month of April.



Opening the debate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “security i...

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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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