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Community Security

Absence of safety and security measures can perpetuate lack of trust amongst individuals, communities and the state. This can affect economic growth and investment, and absorb government resources, which could otherwise be spent in development.

UNDP supports community security by working with local officials and individuals to identify both the causes of insecurity and solutions to improve safety. An important component of this work is building capacity of police, strengthening accountable institutions, and advocating for human rights. This includes advocacy and support for the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence policy. UNDP helps to establish effective police-community relations to enhance security, trust, and protection of populations, especially women. This includes strengthening police capacities to adopt community-oriented and gender-responsive policing. Additionally, UNDP supports measures to curb the proliferation and availability of small arms and light weapons, including the promotion of the International Small Arms Control Standards.

As part of these efforts to increase safety and security, UNDP works closely with UN partners, including UNPOL, UNODC, DPKO, and UN Women. UNDP is also a part of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms. Furthermore, UNDP maintains important partnerships with key actors such as, the International Security Sector Advisory Team, the Secretariat for the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, and the Violence Prevention Alliance.

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