Panel Event: Use of Private Military and Security Companies by the United Nations

Wed Jul 31, 2013 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm
UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries
Conference Room 1, Conference Building
760 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
United States
The United Nations (UN) uses private military and security companies (PMSCs) extensively in a variety of activities and locations around the world. In light of concerns with respect to the outsourcing of security functions by the UN to private companies, the UN has recently adopted several policies on this matter. This panel aims to foster public awareness of the nature and extent of the UN’s use of PMSCs and to discuss the UN policies and practices with a view to identifying strategies to address any gaps and challenges. 
Confirmed Panelists:
Panel 1: Use of armed guards by the UN 
- Mr. Rick Cottam – United Nations Staff Union, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia 
- Ms. Lou Pingeot - Global Policy Forum
Panel 2: Use of PMSCs by the UN in peace operations 
- Mr. Mirko Sossai, University of Rome, Italy 
- Ms. Åse Gilje Østensen – University of Bergen, Norway 
- Mr. Sabelo Gumedze – Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, South Africa 
For further information, contact: Natacha Foucard (, +41 22 917 9458) / Junko Tadaki (, +41 22 917 9298), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
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