The 18th World Security Congress 2023 will be held in Jaipur, the pink city of India, from February 21 to 23. The Union internationale des chemins de fer (UIC) or International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Railway Protection Force (RPF) are jointly convening the conclave.
Being the prime railway security agency of India, it is only natural that the RPF leads the nation’s efforts in the field of railway security both at national and international levels. Notably, DG RPF Sanjay Chander has taken over as Chairman of the International UIC Security Platform from July 2022 to July 2024.
18th UIC World Security Congress 2023
The 18th edition of the Congress, centered around the theme of “Railway Security Strategy: Responses and Vision for Future”, will be attended by the Heads of Security of Railway Organizations from across the world, apart from the concerned officials of UIC, partner international organizations, Indian Railways, RPF and senior police officials of India.
RPF is geared up to host impactful deliberations on issues of concern and challenges for Railway security across the world and has devised the sessions in a way to focus on second order problem solving matrix so as to come up with practical and immediately implementable solutions that will result in a transformative metamorphosis of railway security across the globe.
The Congress will start with inaugural session on February 21 and conclude with a valedictory session on February 23. The rest of the Congress is divided into 4 sessions with the following underlying sub-themes:
1) Protecting Critical Assets and Freight
2) Human Security Approach
3) Best Railway Security Tools & Practices across the World
4) Vision 2030
RPF has taken up measures to enhance the involvement of member organizations operating in Asia, Africa and several other developing countries with similar demographic patterns so that their voice could be heard and concerns addressed by the multilateral platform provided by the UIC. RPF will be the host for engaging with the delegates (security representatives) of the Member Organizations of UIC.
It is in this backdrop, and with India taking over the mantle of the presidency of the G20 group of nations; India will be hosting the 18th World Security Congress for the International Union of Railways. The Ministry of Railways aims to showcase India, its rich cultural heritage, soft power, and its progress on international platforms during the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav as well. The UIC World Security Congress will be one such opportunity.
International Union of Railways (UIC)
Union internationale des chemins defer (UIC) or International Union of Railways (UIC) headquartered in Paris, France is the professional association in existence from 1922, representing the railway sector and promoting rail transport worldwide. The UIC Security Platform is an international body recognized by the UN.
The UIC security platform is empowered to develop and formulate analyses and policy positions on behalf of the rail sector in matters relating to the security of persons, property, and installations.
In a global scenario where criminal elements exploit the advantages of networking to devise newer ways and means of attack, it is highly imperative that positive forces also come together to face such challengers.
Railway Protection Force of India
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) is a prime security and Even Law Enforcement Agency in the field of Railway Security in India. Having been constituted in 1957 for better protection and security of Railway property, the force has evolved itself from its main role of protection and safeguarding of Railway Property to additional roles of passenger security and passenger facilitation. The force today fulfils an active role in meeting the objectives of the Indian Railway. It is pertinent to note that RPF currently has the distinction of being the central force of India with largest share of women (9%) in its ranks.