The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed an agreement with Honduras to support the strengthening of the Comprehensive Policy for Coexistence and Citizen Security with a gender and human rights approach.
According to a press release from the Secretary of Security of the Central American country, the agreement was signed by the Honduran Minister of Security, Ramón Sabillón, and the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Honduras, Rose Diegues.
The agreement’s goal is to strengthen the actions of the Honduran State within the framework of the Coexistence and Citizen Security Policy and address the risk factors associated with violence and coexistence, as well as to promote the prevention of violence and reinforce peaceful coexistence.
It is worth mentioning that Honduras recorded an average of 41.59 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2021, a very high rate for a country not experiencing an internal war.
One of the main problems in Honduras, a country belonging to the region used for the passage of drugs coming from South America to the United States, is the violence caused by organised crime and drug trafficking.
Therefore, the agreement establishes the review and update of the Comprehensive Policy for Coexistence and Citizen Security 2023-2032 with a gender perspective, as well as the design of the Honduran National Prevention Strategy 2023-2027 with a gender perspective. In this way, a commitment is made to provide an effective response to society’s demands in terms of citizen security in the provision of services, decision-making and a prior process of analysis and assessment of these needs.
The process of verifying and updating the public policy on citizen security should be an instrument for encouraging proactive dialogue to prevent violence, foster peaceful coexistence and promote sustainable human development that will lead to better institutional development as a way to improve democratic governance and citizen security.
The UNDP has been supporting the processes of elaboration and strengthening of national public policies on citizen security with the use of its own tools developed to assist countries in these processes. This organisation also promotes the exchange of knowledge and the implementation of participatory methodologies to work on the design, validation, implementation, and evaluation of these policies.
Likewise, the UNDP seeks to improve citizen security from a perspective of violence prevention and attention, in order to create the social conditions that allow better quality of life for the population and access to an effective justice system, on both a national and local scale.