New York, 13 June 2011. In acknowledgement of increasing interdependencies between the public and private sectors, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) is promoting a public-private partnership (PPP) approach for the protection of different categories of vulnerable targets.
In this regard, UNICRI has partnered with New York University (NYU) to develop a common Global Platform with the aim of facilitating the transfer of knowledge and gathering information for applied research purposes on public-private security policies.
The initiative will be launched with a dedicated round-table discussion at the upcoming Global Risk Summit convened by NYU through its International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP), on June 13-15, 2011 within its premises in New York City.
The Global Platform will be composed of policy- and decision-makers from governments, the business community, civil society and academia. It aims to devise ideas and initiatives for the formulation of improved policies with respect to public-private partnerships in the field of security.
UNICRI recently established the Centre on Public-Private Security Policies in Lisbon, with the aim of raising awareness in different regions of the world of the benefits of public-private partnerships in the field of security and promoting the adoption of innovative practices to enhance dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors at national and local levels.
NYU's INTERCEP has organized a diverse range of initiatives over the past five years, becoming a major source of knowledge and creating an important network on public-private partnerships. This has led INTERCEP to partner with UNICRI to address this critical area of government policy. INTERCEP will leverage its extensive outreach to key elements of the private and public sectors, as well as its established research capability.
Plans call for this initiative to draw insights from existing efforts and to include an international knowledge base of lessons learned and case studies focusing on government policies that best allow public-private interactions in the security domain. Input will be sought throughout the world and an international compendium of existing public-private security policies will be developed. Researchers from both UNICRI and INTERCEP, in collaboration with leaders from both the public and private sectors, will distill key principles and common elements from existing efforts and develop guidelines and templates in support of public-private partnerships.
This global research will be reflected in a Handbook for Government Policies to Support Public-Private Partnerships. A series of follow-on regional workshops on public-private collaboration led by UNICRI will seek to share this research internationally. The goal is that it will serve as a catalyst for the development of supportive government policies and subsequent public-private partnerships. At a strategic and tactical level, UNICRI produced the Handbook to Assist the Establishment of PPP to protect vulnerable targets, which was adopted last year within the framework of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).
Within this framework, the mission of the Global Platform will be to bring together public and private sector organizations and their leaders to collaborate on a public-private sector and cross-industry basis to develop and implement actionable strategies to address shared risks in an interdependent global environment.
Additional information on the efforts of UNICRI and NYU on public-private partnerships is available at: