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Conduct and Discipline Teams

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The Chiefs of Conduct and Discipline Teams' annual meeting with the Conduct and Discipline Unit to identify the vision, overarching values and strategies for the oversight of conduct and discipline in UN peacekeeping. New York, January 2009. (UN Photo/Frédéric Fath)

Conduct and Discipline Teams (CDTs) are based in peacekeeping missions in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), Chad and Central African Republic (MINURCAT), Western Sahara (MINURSO), Haiti (MINUSTAH), Darfur (UNAMID), Kosovo (UNMIK), Lebanon (UNIFIL), Liberia (UNMIL), Sudan (UNMIS), Timor-Leste (UNMIT) and in special political missions in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Burundi (BINUB) and Iraq (UNAMI).

 

The CDT in Afghanistan is responsible for covering conduct and discipline issues in the peacekeeping mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), while the CDT in Lebanon also covers the peacekeeping missions in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Golan Heights (UNDOF) and Jerusalem (UNTSO), a special political mission in Jerusalem (UNSCO) and the UN Logistics Base in Brindisi, Italy (UNLB).

 

Mission CDTs report to the Head of Mission (HoM) as the principal adviser on all matters related to conduct and discipline for all categories of personnel. CDTs assist the HoM in implementing measures to prevent misconduct, including through mission-based training. CDTs provide technical advice and assistance to the HoM on misconduct issues, support the HoM in designing and implementing measures on handling misconduct, including to receive, assess, and refer misconduct allegations to appropriate investigative authorities, maintain misconduct records and undertake enforcement and remedial action when misconduct occurs.

 

The field-based CDTs implement the UN’s three-pronged approach to addressing misconduct: prevention, enforcement and remedial action. CDTs provide training for peacekeeping personnel on UN rules and conduct, draft and implement strategies designed to deter violations of local laws and UN rules and regulations, including acts of sexual exploitation and abuse, and receive, record, track and follow-up on all cases of misconduct. CDTs are also responsible for developing and implementing outreach and awareness-raising activities for the host country’s population.