A Security Phase
(SP), sometimes capitalized and sometimes not, is a designation made by the United Nations
regarding the security of a certain area or country, which entails different procedures for United Nations
personnel, such as the requirement for Security Clearances
, the need for communication equipment, etc.
Five phases exist:
- Phase I: Precautionary (e.g. Nairobi). Staff are required to apply for a Security Clearance and follow certain procedures on arrival and departure.
- Phase II: Restricted Movement (e.g. Peshawar. Staff are required to follow enhanced security procedureds, especially in terms of communication equipment.
- Phase III: Relocation (e.g. Darfur). Staff are not allowed to have their dependants live with them, and strict security procedures are in place.
- Phase IV: Emergency Operations (e.g. Baghdad). Only emergency staff may travel there.
- Phase V: Evacuation (e.g. Mogadisho). No staff may travel there except under extremely special circumstances.