This event introduces participants the strategic and conceptual approaches the United Nations takes to in security management, with a focus on operating in complex, high-threat environments. Attendees will gain an understanding of:
- The critical interplay between security decision-makers and advisers
- Making sound decentralized decisions guided by global policy and best practices
- How to develop a clear accountability framework for security that is principle-based and practical
The event also covers the meaning of a "risk-based" approach to security in the UN context and "security culture" (e.g., social and organizational aspects of sound security decision-making, including the role post-incident inquiries should play).
Participants will be provided with examples of UN best practices and approaches that could apply to their organization or area of concern, including for other risk areas such as cyber security.
The topic is relevant for a wide variety of participants, including subject-matter experts, managers or senior decision-makers in organization with wide geographic distribution (including global) working in complex environments with hostile threat actors. They will hopefully find the UN examples informative and be able to apply them to their organization or area of concern, including for other risk areas such as cyber security.
Target audience would be security subject-matter experts, managers and senior decision-makers in organization with wide geographic distribution (including global) facing complex environments with hostile threat actors.
Paul Farrell is presently Principal Security Coordinator/Director of Global Security at UNICEF, the United Nations children's fund. He has worked in UN security internationally for over 23 years in various capacities, where he designed and implemented effective security solutions for UN programs in many of the world’s high-threat environments and complex emergencies. He was the key architect of the “risk-based” approach to security in the UN and original designer of the UN’s security management policy framework and Security Risk Management methodology. He has extensive crisis-management experience, including with crisis operations centers and hostage incident management.