Trujillo, 22 May 2014 – The United Nations System in Peru presents today a joint programme in human security in the city of Trujillo whose objective will be to reduce public insecurity in its various manifestations – organized crime, violence against women and the involvement of youths in criminal activities – as well as fight against corruption.

The presentation of the programme entitled Strengthening Human Security and Community Resilience via the impulse of Peaceful Coexistence in Peru will be headed by Walter Albán, Interior Minister, and Flavio Mirella, Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In addition, local and national authorities will be attending the event.

The programme assumes a multisectoral vision of the issue of urban security and will be implemeted in the districts La Esperanza, Florencia de Mora and El Porvenir. It is expected that some 7,600 persons in these communities will benefit from the activities. The initiative will implement a selfsustainable, multisectoral, comprehensive and replicable model in order to reduce crime in Trujillo, involving the participation of neighbours, application of preventive measures and opportunities for jobs and education.

Against the increase in violent crime, juvenile delinquency, drug trafficking, human trafficking, corruption and weapons supply, this United Nations programme and the Peruvian Government seek to reduce the participation of youths in gangs, provide opportunities for professional and vocational development, as well as offer educational and health-related resources for more than 1,600 girls and young women.

Also, the initiative, led by the Joint Programme for Human Security of the United Nations in Peru, will provide technical and juridical assistance to the local authorities for the design and implementation of public policies that consider a comprehensive vision of security and that favor a better interaction between the national institutions and the local communities, as well as with civil society.

Five United Nations agencies will be in charge of implementation: the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Panamerican Health Organization (OPS) and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development (UNLIREC).

For the Peruvian government, the Ministries of the Interior, Justice, Education and Health as well as the Public Ministry, the judicial branch, the national police and the regional government of La Libertad as well as the municipalities of Trujillo, La Esperanza, Florencia de Mora, El Porvenir and representatives of civil society will participate.

The Project is financed by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and by the Peruvian Government and will have a duration of three years. The initiative is expected to be replicable in other sectors of the region and the country.

Source: United Nations Information Centre