UNODC and the Secretariat of Security of Parana sign a Financing Agreement

Curitiba, 23 October, 2017 - The State Secretariat for Public Security and the Penitentiary Administration of Paraná and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed a Financing Agreement on Monday afternoon, under the Programa Paraná Seguro "Parana Safe Programme", which is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), whose primary objective is to reduce violent crime rates among young people aged 15-24 in some cities located in the metropolitan region of Curitiba and in the international borders and Londrina-Maringá axles.

UNODC will perform monitoring and programme certification as regards the use of force, in accordance with international standards.

The Agreement was signed by Rafael Franzini, Representative of the UNODC Liaison and Partnership Office in Brazil, and by Wagner Mesquita, Secretary of Public Security and Prison Administration of Paraná.

Franzini highlighted the relevance of the agreement, whose primary objective is to monitor, to certify and to strengthen the integrity of public security institutions in the territories in which the actions financed by the project will be implemented. "To carry out the work in Parana, UNODC should use the experience in the development of the Opportunities and Development Programme (POD) with the Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul," he noted.

In his speech, Mesquita emphasized the importance of the partnership with UNODC. "The Secretary of State and the Scientific, Civil and Military Police expect to count on the work developed by UNODC to improve the activities carried out by these institutions, with a focus on better serving citizens," he said.

Activities involving internal and social controls of community policing, planning of meetings with police forces and stakeholders with strategic and tactical-operational alignment, linked security and justice agencies, an organization of workshops for police officers, representatives of civil society and leaders are planned in the Agreement that will run between 2017 and 2022.

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