The United Nations launched the Policing and Security Program for Libya, in collaboration with the Libyan ministries of justice and interior.

The UN said on the UNSMIL’s website that the program aims at strengthening the policing and rule of law sector in the country so that effective and democratic governance can prevail in Libya.

The launch of the program took place Wednesday in Tunisia during a meeting attended by the Libyan Minister of Justice, Mohammed Abdelwahid, and the Minister of Interior Aref Al-Khoja, in addition to the representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) as well as the Netherlands’ ambassador and the US Charge d'Affaires to Libya, who were there as developments partners.

“The Program, which is part of UN efforts to support the security sector reform in Libya, includes but not limited to, bolstering the capacities of police directorates to improve the coordination with the Ministry of Justice, prison management services, and related institutions. It will also provide capacity-building support to the Ministry of Interior staff in order to improve policing services to the public.” The UNSMIL reported on its website.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Head of UNSMIL and UNDP Resident Representative in Libya, Maria Ribeiro, said security and justice are at the heart of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and the primary objectives of this program.

“It is an ambitious project, but I am encouraged by the strong commitment made today by the Libyan ministers of justice and interior and by the generous support of the governments of the USA and the Netherlands.” She added.