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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.
High-level meeting of the Group of Friends of SSR

High-level representatives from the Group of Friends of Security Sector Reform (SSR) met on February 12th in the United Nations Headquarters. The meeting was co-chaired by Slovakia and South Africa, and co-organized with DPKO and UNDP, and it brought together over 60 Member States, as well as observers. The meeting focused on consolidating the priorities that should guide the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2151 (2014), the first stand-alone resolution on SSR.

Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, co-chair of the Group of Friends and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, highlighted the key priorities for implementing Resolution 2151: enhancing support to SRSGs and senior leaders; the need to ensure better integration of UN SSR support; operationalizing partnerships; and calling on the peace operation review to recognize the gap betwee...

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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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Launch of UN SSR Integrated Technical Guidance Notes

With the aim to inform and deliver a coordinated and coherent United Nations support to national SSR processes, the IASSRTF has been responsible for developing United Nations guidance, standards and practices in a number of areas of SSR; undertaking consultations with regional organizations; managing a roster of SSR experts and delivering training to United Nations personnel, external partners and Member States.

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