What Does MINUSCA’s Revised Mandate Mean for the Protection of Civilians in the Central African Republic?

On 15 November 2019, the Security Council unanimously adopted S/RES/2499 and renewed the mandate of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). While the protection of civilians (POC) remains the Mission’s first priority task for the year ahead, additional tasks have been added by the Council to support the…

Join CIVIC and IRSEM December 17th for “Placing the Protection of Civilians at the Heart of Military Operations” Event

The Institut de Recherche Stratégique de l’Ecole Militaire (IRSEM) and CIVIC are convening a one-day event on December 17, 2019 at the Military School in Paris that will explore what bettering the protection of civilians in military operations means in practice, and what concrete approaches, policies, and tools can be considered by militaries and governments…

Protecting the Protectors: Safeguarding Humanitarian and Medical Workers in Conflict Zones

In November 2019, CIVIC’s Europe Director Beatrice Godefroy spoke at the French-German panel at Geneva Peace Week 2019 on the protection of humanitarian and medical workers in conflict zones. This event was to contribute reflections from the joint “Humanitarian Call for Action” that was launched by Foreign Ministers Heiko Maas (Germany) and Jean-Yves Le Drian…

#POC20: As UN’s First Protection of Civilians Resolution Turns 20, International Humanitarian Law Is More Than Ever Under Threat

This is the seventh piece in a series that CIVIC is publishing throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians on its agenda. This piece is a guest contribution by Kelly Razzouk, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue Committee. Follow along here, on Facebook, and on Twitter as…

#POC20: Twenty Years of Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians: September 1999 – UN Security Council Adopts First-Ever Resolution Focused on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

This is the sixth piece in a series that CIVIC is publishing throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians on its agenda. This piece is a guest contribution by Leonie Arendt, who works at the Policy Branch of the UN Office for the Coordination…

#POC20: Twenty Years of Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians: Marking the 20th Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1265

This piece is part of an ongoing series that marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians on its agenda. Follow along here, on Facebook, and on Twitter as we mark this important anniversary year. Starting today, world leaders will descend on New York for the opening of the 74th session of the United…