| April 23, 2019
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Nepal Police seeks senior managerial posts in UN

KATHMANDU, June 7: The inspector general of Nepal Police, Upendra Kanta Aryal, has sought senior managerial posts for Nepal Police personnel in the United Nation peacekeeping missions. He said this while participating in the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) at UN Headquarters in New York last Friday.

Although Nepal is the sixth largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, officials say it has been underrepresented in senior positions in the missions. According to Nepal Police headquarters, IGP Aryal sought proper representation of Nepal Police personnel in senior managerial posts in proportional in line with their contribution in different war-hit zones.
The summit was attended by police chiefs and other high-level officials from 110 UN member states.

IGP Aryal, who returned home on Monday from the US after participating in the summit held on June 2, 3, informed that the summit focused on the central role of UN Police in facing new global challenges, reforming the criminal justice system, and sustainable peace building.

IGP Aryal also expressed that the deployment of UN Police would be more effective, intact and professional in the coming days.

Aryal said the chiefs of police of other countries stressed the need for clear and achievable mandates to carry out the tasks entrusted to them. "The summit has reiterated its commitment to zero-tolerance policy against sexual exploitation and abuse, and ending discriminations against women and children among others."

The summit has also expressed concern over underrepresentation of female officers in the UN Police and called for their increased participation. The summit also called for strengthening partnerships among UN agencies, and International Police Organization (INTERPOL) among others to jointly fight for peace.

According to SSP Ramesh Khadka of UN section of Nepal Police, Nepal Police and Armed Police Force combined have 280 peacekeepers currently deployed in different crisis zones across the world while another 73 police personnel have been deployed in different missions on individual basis.

SSP Ramesh Kharel as a sector commander in Darfur mission and SSP Puskar Karki in the secretariat of Liberian Police Chief, are the two Nepali officials in high-ranking positions in UN Police missions.