Nepali peacekeeper receives UN award – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper


The United Nations Department of Peace Operations has announced that Superintendent of Police Sangya Malla of Nepal, currently serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will be awarded the title of Policewoman of the United Nations of the Year 2021.

Malla will receive the award from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a virtual ceremony on November 9.

Police Superintendent Malla is currently head of the MONUSCO Police Health and Environment Unit, which she helped establish in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. The unit is responsible for implementing policies and procedures regarding staff health and welfare as well as UN Police environmental initiatives.

His contributions have added direct meaning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and past outbreaks of Ebola virus disease, as well as natural and humanitarian crises such as the volcanic eruption in Goma last May, during which his unit alerted the local population and UN personnel to precautionary measures.

“She helped establish and now leads MONUSCO’s Health and Environment Unit, improving the safety and well-being of our peacekeepers by mitigating risks from COVID-19 and other threats,” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in a press release. “And she represents something much more important – the many contributions of female police officers to the promotion of peace and security around the world. Through her work, Superintendent Malla embodies the best of the United Nations.”

A trained health professional, Malla has helped develop advice to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This year, it organized more than 300 awareness-raising sessions on COVID-19 prevention as well as environmental protection for the local population, Congolese authorities and UN personnel. As the MONUSCO police focal point on COVID-19, she also disseminated vaccine information and promoted vaccination efforts.

“I am honored to receive this award, and hope it will inspire more young women in my country and around the world to pursue a career in policing, which is still too often seen as a man’s job,” Malla said. The United Nations Policewoman of the Year Award was established in 2011 to recognize the outstanding contributions of female police officers to United Nations peace operations and to promote the empowerment of women.

“Like many peacekeepers in this difficult time of the pandemic, Commissioner Malla has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve local communities,” said UN Police Adviser Luis Carrilho. .

“Along with his team, his public health and natural hazard awareness efforts ultimately made his colleagues and the Congolese people safer – a critical function of policing.”

She joined the Nepal Police in 2008 as an inspector.

Approximately 7,300 United Nations police officers, nearly 27% of whom are women, are currently deployed in 14 United Nations peace operations around the world where they work to strengthen international peace and security by supporting host countries in the conflict, post-conflict and other crisis situations.

Approximately 7,300 United Nations police personnel are deployed in 14 United Nations peace operations around the world

A version of this article appears in the November 09, 2021 printing of The Himalayan Times.