The Conduct and Discipline Team was established in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in November 2005 as part of a series of reforms in United Nations peacekeeping designed to strengthen accountability and uphold the highest standards of conduct.
Renamed the Conduct and Discipline Unit (CDU) and now in the Department of Field Support, CDU continues to maintain global oversight of the state of discipline in peacekeeping operations and special political missions. CDU provides overall direction for conduct and discipline issues in field missions, including formulating policies, training and outreach activities and handling allegations of misconduct.
The Conduct and Discipline Unit develops policy guidance tools and mechanisms to monitor the application of UN standards of conduct and the implementation of policies and procedures in the field. It oversees standardized induction training modules on conduct and discipline for all personnel arriving in UN peacekeeping operations and supports the community of practice on conduct and discipline training.
CDU maintains and updates a misconduct tracking system recording allegations from inception to the closure of cases. The unit provides statistical reports and trends analysis for senior management, Member States and the General Assembly. In addition, it provides information to media representatives and liaises with UN agencies and offices, Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on inter-agency initiatives.