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The third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS 2022) brings together Ministers, Chiefs of Police and senior representatives of regional and professional policing organizations to United Nations Headquarters from 31 August to 1 September 2022 to engage on strengthening international peace, security, and development for all through the unifying power and enabling role of national and United Nations policing.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Statement on the Third United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS)

In particular, discussions focus on identifying approaches and practices to:

  • operationalize the United Nations Police Division’s role as a system-wide service provider and focal point for United Nations policing and other law enforcement matters;
  • reinforce ongoing efforts to enhance the performance of United Nations Police by strengthening capacities, including the launch of the Voluntary Compact on Advancing Gender Parity within the United Nations Police; and
  • integrate United Nations policing priorities in international peace and security processes, discussions and fora.

UNCOPS 2022 also offers a unique opportunity for the world’s police executives and United Nations leadership to engage in discussions on how United Nations policing and national policing mutually reinforce one another when addressing current and emerging global security challenges, including man-made and natural crises and incidents. 

Police leaders come away with a greater understanding of how the skills, knowledge and experience acquired by their national officers returning from United Nations service benefit their own policing services and populations. 

All delegations are kindly requested to indicate any requests for bilateral meetings on 31 August or 2 September in the registration form. Coneference Rooms have been reserved for 31 August and 2 September.

Member States also have an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to strengthening the United Nations Police through concrete pledges of support.

  1. The programme
  2. Statements by Member States and Partners (Session I, Session II and Session III)
  3. Background papers for Session I, Session II and Session III
  4. Concept note in  EnglishFrench and Spanish
  5. Media content and references in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese and English
  6. Chair's Note


Wednesday, 31 August


08:30-10:30 am “Enhancing police effectiveness through training: Delivering as One UN”, working breakfast and panel discussion | Co-sponsors: Finland, Germany and Rwanda | Location: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

10:45 am -12:00 pm “The Application of Emerging Technologies in Law Enforcement”, followed by a light lunch | Co-sponsors: Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, Ministry of Interior of the United Arab Emirates, the International Security Alliance and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute | Location: Conference Room 1

13:15-14:30 pm “United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year Award Ceremony” | Co-sponsors: Canada and Norway | Location: Conference Room 1

15:00-16 :00 pm “United Nations Police & Action for Peacekeeping Priorities (A4P+)” Facebook Live

16:30-17:45 pm “Les compétences linguistiques et interculturelles comme facteurs clé de la performance de la police des Nations unies. L’expérience de la police de proximité” | Sponsor: Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie | Location: Conférence Room 11

16:40-17:50 pm “Integrating Artificial Intelligence into Law Enforcement Operations: Risks and Rewards” | Co-sponsors: Sweden and United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Institute | Location: Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

18:00-20:00 Welcome reception Delegates Dining Room and Patio

Thursday, 1 September

08:45-09:55    Group photo

10:00-10:10    Summit opening and welcome

  • Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (Statement)
  • Moderator: Commissioner Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser

Purpose: Scene-setting remarks by United Nations senior leadership; keynote on major developments and trends in global peace and security and the United Nations Police’s contributions to responding to them (including to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda). Takeaway: Greater awareness about interlinkages between national and United Nations policing to enhance global peace, security and development.

10:20-12:00    Addressing key challenges facing United Nations peacekeeping through Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) and A4P+

  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations (Statement)
  • Ms. Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau, UNDP (Statement)
  • H.E. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of the United States Mission to the United Nations
  • Moderator: Mr. Mody Berethe, Police Commissioner, MONUSCO

Purpose: Overview of United Nations Police and Member States’ roles in addressing the key challenges facing United Nations peacekeeping, including accelerating the implementation of the Declaration of Shared Commitments on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and A4P+. Takeaway: Collective appreciation and understanding of the necessity of national and United Nations policing working in unity and prioritization of Women, Peace and Security commitments to ensure the success of peacekeeping.

12:00-12:45    Fostering sustainable peace and development through United Nations policing

  • Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (Statement)
  • Mr. Alexandre Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions
  • Colonel Yaov Okpaoul, Inspecteur Général de Police, Togo
  • Moderator: Mr. Christophe Bizimungu, Police Commissioner, MINUSCA

Purpose: Security and development are inextricably linked. By helping to prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and maintain public order and safety in adherence to the rule of law and international human rights law, national and United Nations Police lay the seeds for lasting peace and development. At the same time, they are key players for the realization of a new vision for the rule of law, a new agenda for peace and the renewed call to action for human rights as proposed by the Secretary-General in his Our Common Agenda report.

Takeaway: An agreed way forward and concrete commitments for further equipping United Nations Police to effectively contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and Our Common Agenda, as well as Women, Peace and Security commitments and priorities.

13:00-14:45    Lunch Delegates Dining Room and Patio

15:00-16:00    Fostering sustainable peace and development through United Nations policing (cont.)

16:00-17:45    Bridging the gap on performance

  • Mr. Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support (Statement)
  • Commissioner Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser (Statement)
  • TBC
  • Moderator: Ms. Patricia Boughani, Police Commissioner, MINUSMA

Purpose: Exchange on Member States’ future asks of the United Nations Police as a system-wide service provider for United Nations policing and other law enforcement matters, and on the Secretariat’s requirements to further improve the performance and effectiveness of United Nations policing, building on Security Council resolution 2436 (2018) and ongoing efforts to assess impact (e.g., the Integrated Peacekeeping Performance Accountability Framework or the Comprehensive Planning and Performance Assessment System). Takeaway: Joint understanding of needs and overview of commitments to bridge existing gaps.

17:45-18:00    Closing          

Purpose: Summary of key expectations discussed and commitments expressed. Takeaway: Release of the Chair’s Note.

Also see the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit Press Conference


For more information, please contact the Police Division Focal Point, Mr. Ata Yenigun (yenigun@un.org).