Ukraine must do more to protect civilians living close to the conflict contact line

By Beatrice Godefroy and Suleiman Mamutov On July 22, 2020, representatives from Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to implement an enhanced ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. In the months that followed, ceasefire violations significantly decreased and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported zero conflict-related civilian casualties resulting from…

Event: Peacekeeping Early Warning and Response Tracking Systems and the Protection of Civilians in Mali

On May 20, 2021, CIVIC participated in the New York University Center for International Cooperation Early Warning / Early Action Practitioners Workshop. CIVIC convened a panel of our own researchers—alongside representatives of the UN Operations and Crisis Centre (UNOCC) and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)—to discuss recent advances on peacekeeping early…

Reference Guide: Tracking Protection of Civilians Through the NDAA

Reference Guide: Tracking Protection of Civilians Through the NDAA  The United States National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is legislation that provides annual authorization of appropriations for the Department of Defense (DoD) and defense-related activities at other federal agencies. In so doing, the NDAA also establishes, guides, and at times restrains defense policy. In recent years,…

Implementing International Humanitarian Law: Innovative Programming and Best Practices in the Age of COVID-19

On June 25, 2021, CIVIC hosted a discussion on innovative programming & best practices for implementing International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in the age of COVID-19. This side event was convened on the margins of the 2021 ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS), a platform dedicated to discussing current and emerging humanitarian challenges and priority themes and…

The UN Budget Committee Adopts Peacekeeping Budgets and a New Tone on the Protection of Civilians

On June 29, 2021, the UN General Assembly’s budget and administrative committee (the Fifth Committee) approved the annual budgets for peacekeeping operations. Despite the fact that a number of missions operating in complex settings proposed smaller or zero-growth budgets this year, Member States made additional cuts. This outcome calls into question whether the current budget…

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine

Training on Negotiations, Communication, and Dialogue Facilitation: Developing the Capacity of Civilians and CIMIC Officers to Engage in Productive Dialogue in Conflict-Affected Ukraine To ensure effective facilitation of civil-military dialogues in the conflict-affected communities of eastern Ukraine, CIVIC conducted a course on negotiations, communication, and dialogue facilitation based on the Harvard Negotiation Project method. Training…