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“Superintendent Malla, you have done your country, MONUSCO, and the entire United Nations family proud”, Secretary-General António Guterres said, in a video message.
Mr. Guterres described her service as “another reminder” of the importance of achieving gender parity across the UN system, adding that “she represents something far larger – the many contributions of women police officers in advancing peace and security around the world”.
“Through her work, Superintendent Malla embodies the best of the United Nations”, he underscored, passing on his congratulations.
Speaking virtually to the Special Committee on Peace-keeping Operations (C34 on UN Police), Police Adviser Luís Carrilho reiterated the UN’s commitment to accelerating the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) Declaration.
He welcomed the Committee’s support to UN policing, including its recognition of the importance of nationally and locally-supported policing priorities; in generating a highly qualified, gender-balanced workforce; and the participation of top police officials in the third UN Chiefs of Police Summit, which took place in early June.
In Our Common Agenda, the Secretary-General called for a “new vision on the rule of law” and a “new agenda for peace”.
“It is my firm belief that United Nations Police could not be more instrumental in helping the international community realize both of these tall orders”, said Mr. Carrilho.
‘Unique police institution’
MONUSCO Police Commissioner Mody Berethe, reflected on police reform and strengthening capacity in DRC.
After more than 20 years in the country, he upheld the importance of assisting security institutions to bring together policing services for “a unique police institution”.
Mindful of the many challenges ahead, he assured that MONUSCO has “the deep certitude” that UN policing in the country can help ensure “the durable peace that the Congolese people have been longing for”.
Police Commissioner Berethe expressed his gratitude to Police Contributing Countries and to all Member States, for their continuous support to field Missions “with adapted resources, fit for purpose to deliver according to mandate’s previsions”.
Building police capacity
Krista Kimber, Senior Police Adviser of the UN Mission in Kosova (UNMIK), spoke of sustaining peace through police capacity-building and development.
“Through close collaboration with local counterparts and by conducting regular needs assessments, UNMIK UNPOL and local law enforcement agencies, have forged a key partnership based on constructive cooperation and trust”, she told participants.
Throughout the pandemic, UNMIK continued to deliver on its mandates while also supporting local law enforcement institutions in tackling the unprecedented crisis that dramatically impacted the country’s governmental institutions, including rule of law institutions.