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The United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS) gathered Ministers, Chiefs of Police, Gendarmerie and police representatives from 110 countries at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 3 June 2016.
Start date: 
Thursday, June 2, 2016
End date: 
Friday, June 3, 2016
Event location: 
United Nations Headquarters in New York

At the Summit, national chiefs of police, together with key partners and senior United Nations representatives charted the way forward for United Nations Police in order to deliver greater impact on the ground and to tackle the policing challenges of the twenty-first century.

UN COPS also served as a platform to discuss how peace operations and national policing complement and mutually reinforce each other when addressing current and emerging challenges, such as transnational threats.

Opened by video message from the United Nations Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General in the General Assembly Hall, UN COPS took place at a pivotal time for United Nations policing. Major reviews and summits on peace operations conducted in 2014 and 2015, together with the implementation of Security Council resolution 2185 (2014) on international policing, have created a new momentum to further improve the capacity of United Nations Police to protect civilians, prevent crime, rebuild national police services and sustain peace.

The summit documents include

  1. The programme, background papers and a concept note in EnglishFrench and Spanish.
  2. A Chair's Note in EnglishFrench and Spanish.
  3. A gap list in EnglishFrench and Spanish.


Summit opening and welcome

  1. United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UN COPS) opening film (Youtube)
  2. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
  3. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General
  4. Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
  5. Mr. Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support
  6. Mr. Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

Session 1: Current and future trends for United Nations Police

  1. Mr. Dmitry Titov, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions
  2. Mr. Francis Munu, Inspector-General of the Police of Sierra Leone
  3. Mr. Michel-Ange Gedeon, Inspector General of the Haitian National Police

Moderator: Mr. David Haeri, Director of Division for Policy, Evaluation and Training

Session 2: A Connected World: Global Criminal Challenges and UN Peace Operations

  1. Mr. Yuri Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  2. Mr. Peter Thomas Drennan, Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security
  3. Mr. Jürgen Stock, Secretary-General of INTERPOL

Moderator: Commissioner Gwen Boniface, Deputy Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Session 3: UN Police: Gaps, Opportunities, Professionalism

  1. Mr. Stefan Feller, UN Police Adviser
  2. Ms. Jane Holl-Lute, Special Coordinator on Improving the UN Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
  3. H.E. Abdallah Wafy, Permanent Representative of Niger Moderator: H.E. Mrs. Martha A. A. Pobee, Permanent Representative of Ghana

Concluding Remarks 
Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

During the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit, statements were made on behalf of:

Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia, and, Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.
Statements by regional organizations include the: Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

All statements are accessible here.