UNDSS - Department of Safety and Security

UNDSS - Department of Safety and Security


Organisation Type: UN Agency

About Us

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is a department within the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for providing leadership, operational support, and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programs and activities of the United Nations.

The department was established in 2005 following an overhaul of the UN's security system. It works to ensure the security of UN staff and operations globally. The scope of UNDSS includes security management systems, security risk assessments, the safety of staff and dependents, and crisis management.

It is led by the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security who reports directly to the Secretary-General. The department provides guidance on all matters related to security and ensures a consistent and effective response to security threats and incidents affecting the UN presence worldwide.

In essence, UNDSS is designed to ensure the safety and security of UN operations around the world, allowing the UN to continue its work in a wide range of areas, including peacekeeping, humanitarian relief, and development work, among others.