Member States Must Support Protection of Civilians During Peacekeeping Budget Negotiations Process that Is Rigged to Cut

The UN General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, the Member State body that negotiates administrative issues and budgets, is getting closer to the June 30th deadline to approve the 2021-2022 peacekeeping budgets. During the final stretch, Member States should recognize that missions continue to provide critical protection to civilians, approve responsible budgets that reflect the security situation…

Preparedness in urban operations: a commander’s planning checklist to protect civilians

By Sahr Muhammedally May 11, 2021 – Protecting civilians in urban operations is complex. Separating military targets from civilian populations is hard in any environment, but in urban areas, the density of the population, civilian objects – such as homes and schools, hospitals, electric power grids, and water sources – magnifies the challenges. Urban environments…

New Report by the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) Advances and Limits the Protection of Civilians

By Josh Jorgensen and Alison Giffen   Last week, the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (referred to as the C-34 and comprised of peacekeeping troop, police, and financial contributors) released their annual report. New language on the protection of civilians (POC), including on early warning, civilian harm mitigation, training, and community engagement helps align…

US in Review – April 2

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) shares regular updates about the work of our global programs. Our US program, helmed by US Program Director, Daniel R. Mahanty, works with US institutions to protect civilians trapped in conflict around the world. This biweekly newsletter is compiled by the program’s fellows.   The US in Afghanistan The…

Civil Society Experts, Analysts, and MEPs in Europe and Africa Raise Concerns with the EU Adoption of the European Peace Facility (EPF)

On March 22, EU leaders adopted the European Peace Facility (EPF), a new fund that will allow the EU to train militaries around the world and equip them with lethal weapons. This is despite experts – including civil society – raising their concerns that the fund could worsen conflicts and contribute to human rights abuses…

The UN Security Council Approves a Streamlined Mandate for UNMISS that Prioritizes Protection of Civilians in South Sudan

On March 12, the UN Security Council unanimously approved resolution 2567, which renewed the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The renewal comes on the heels of a year in which subnational violence with links to national political rivalries increased, parties to the revitalized peace agreement failed to implement many of…