Peacekeepers on Night Patrol to Stem Banditry in Darfur Camp (UN Photo, Albert González Farran)
Peacekeepers on Night Patrol to Stem Banditry in Darfur Camp (UN Photo, Albert González Farran)

In 2009, the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) Project Group was established by the Department of Safety and Security to report to the HLCM on the design of the new Security Level System (SLS). 

The new SLS was developed to assess security through a structured process based on threats (deliberate human causes) and hazards (harmful natural or man-made accidental events) which are examined and weighted to arrive at an appropriate security level that exists in a geographic environment.  The security level indicates the degree of danger that exists in the defined area or location on a scale of 1, least dangerous, to 6, most dangerous.  The strength of the SLS is that it fits into the front end of the Security Risk Management model without triggering administrative management decisions that could hamper programme delivery.

The HLCM Steering Committee approved five field locations to pilot test the new SLS and the Guidelines for Acceptable Risk: 

  • Israel/West Bank/Gaza
  • Colombia
  • Sudan
  • Kenya
  • Somalia 

After further adjustments from the field, the CEB endorsed the new Security Level System and called for its implementation across the UN system effective in January 2011.