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Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel - Report of the Secretary-General (A/71/395) [EN/AR]

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The General Assembly, in its resolution 70/104, requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its seventy-first session a comprehensive and updated report on the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel and on the implementation of the resolution. It also requested the Secretary-General to include in the report an assessment of the impact of safety and security risks on such personnel, and the development, implementation and outcomes of policies, strategies and initiatives of the United Nations system in the field of safety and security.

The present report presents an overview of the global security environment, the associated security threats and impacts on United Nations personnel, as well as the Organization’s response to those challenges. The report contains an analysis of emerging security trends and the implications for United Nations personnel. It also highlights the additional requirements needed for the United Nations in response to the rising demands for security services. The report concludes with observations and recommendations for consideration by the General Assembly.

I. Introduction

1. In its resolution 70/104, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly at its seventy-first session a comprehensive and updated report on the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel and on the implementation of the resolution. It also requested the Secretary-General to include in the report an assessment of the impact of safety and security risks on such personnel, and the development, implementation and outcomes of policies, strategies and initiatives of the United Nations system in the field of safety and security.

2. The present report covers the 18-month period from January 2015 to June 2016. It presents an overview of the global security environment, the associated security threats, risks and challenges facing United Nations personnel,1 the Organization’s response to such threats, the strategic challenges faced by the Organization and a way forward.