The Group represents a collaborative relationship between the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and their national correctional services, as well as Correctional Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) made up of United Nations entities, non-governmental and civil society organizations, training institutes, advocacy groups and national development agencies with an interest in corrections in peace operations. 

UN Permanent Missions: Their primary role is to provide advocacy for corrections initiatives in peace operations.  Permanent Missions are also the primary point of liaison with DPKO on the deployment of corrections officers.

National corrections services: Their primary role is to provide expert advice, guidance and support on correctional issues in peace operations. They are the technical experts and also develop new resources and tools, as well as deliver training.

Members of the GoF benefit from partnerships with other nations on a multitude of levels. For example, the GoF provides a venue for sharing ideas and enriching perspectives on corrections issues. By working with the GoF, Member States can utilize existing tools and assist in the development of new ones that are geared to developing high quality corrections personnel. If you are interested in learning more about the Group’s activities, or in becoming a GoF Member/Subject Matter Expert, please contact the current rotating chair.


BrazilBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundi
Federal Republic of GermanyFijiFinlandGhana
SenegalSierra LeoneSouth AfricaSweden
TanzaniaThe Hashemite Kingdom of JordanTunisiaTurkey
UgandaUnited KingdomUnited States of America Zambia

African Correctional Services Association, Center for International Peace Operations, Euro Prison, International Committee of the Red Cross, International Corrections and Prisons Association, Penal Reform International, Southern Africa Development Community, African Women Correctional Association, etc.