The annual meeting of the Group of Friends of Corrections in Peacekeeping ( GOF) was held on May 9 and 11, in the premises of Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso, New York.
“The Group of Friends was formally created in 2011 and its objectives are to provide advice and expertise on the difficulties encountered by penitentiary officers deployed in peace keeping operations,” Eric Y. Tiare, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Burkina Faso, said.
The theme of this annual meeting was “ the strategic role of corrections in furthering the peace and security objectives of United Nations peace operations.” Burkina Faso has been chosen to lead the Group for the next two years. “Burkina Faso has been for many years an active member of the GOF and it is one of the biggest contributors in peace operations in term of officers of Corrections involved in United Nation peace operations,” said Renaud Galan, Deputy Head of the Justice and Correctional Section in the United Nations Peacekeeping Department.
“during its mandate and in its capacity as President, Burkina Faso will work with the support of the other forty-four ( 44 ) member states for the strengthening and enlargement of the group,” Ambassador Tiare said. In his closing speech, he has said a thank you to “all the countries for their attendance” and “thank specially Canada, Sweden, and Rwanda for their substantial support to Burkina Faso in organizing this meeting.”
The role of the group of Friends of Corrections in Peace Operations is to provide expert, advice, guidance and support on corrections issues…