Development of Operational Security Plan Starts in Mostar

Sep 8, 2015

MOSTAR, 8 September 2015 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today hosted the first workshop in developing City of Mostar's operational security plan (2016-2020), which will enable an integrated approach to solving the local security concerns.

The workshop underlined the importance of the self-sustainable Citizens’ Security Forums as an inclusive, integrated approach to security management issues. Representatives of city administration, social protection services, civil protection, police, fire brigades, educational and health institutions and civil society attended.

Within this pilot project, the UNDP facilitates the establishment of Citizens' Security Forums in Mostar, Prijedor and Bijeljina. Administration on the city level, citizens, and non-governmental organisations will cooperate to identify risks and design solutions to security issues in local communities.

In Mostar, the workshop was attended by representatives of city administration, social protection services, civil protection, police, fire brigades, educational and health institutions and civil society.

“The workshop gave clear guidelines as to future priorities all of those involved. The next phase will include the operationalization of the goals by defining a set of actions and projects which will in long term define ways of addressing security concerns in the City of Mostar”, said Željka Dominiković, monitoring co-ordinator on behalf of the City.

Representatives of civil society involved in the United Nations’ project “Dialogue for the Future” also took part in the workshop. Through 40 local interventions across BiH, the “Dialogue for the Future” project aims to strengthen social cohesion and citizens’ cooperation by encouraging youth activism.

“It is necessary to involve representatives of the local community in designing plans, strategies and priorities to be able to efficiently and effectively address the natural disasters, for example, or other issue the City is faced with”, said Adnan Đuliman, representative of NGO “Novi Val”. Đuliman added that support from non-governmental organisations was particularly important in the pursuit of strengthening their technical expertise and crisis response.

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