BACKGROUND PAPER The UN Reviews and What Should be Done to Improve the Safety and Security of United Nations and Associated Personnel?

This background paper notes recent strategic reviews which address United Nations safety and security, remarks on those reviews’ shared themes and conclusions and further elaborates on what, in the light of these, could be done to improve the safety and security of United Nations and associated personnel.

The United Nations has done a great deal to address safety and security threats with widespread success, as noted in all three reviews of the Organization’s safety and security released in 2015. However, the security threat and risk environment continues to evolve and the United Nations needs to maintain its proactive posture to determine and implement security risk management measures that will facilitate creation of a risk acceptable operational environment. This paper suggests a number of
measures to that end.