#Lead2Protect: CIVIC’s Executive Director Discusses the Importance of POC Week and Taking Leadership in the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

This is the third year that civil society, Member States, and the UN Secretariat, have joined together to highlight the importance of protection of civilians (POC). The week features a number of side-events focused on thematic and geographic priorities within POC. Last year, CIVIC had the honor of addressing the Security Council during POC week…

#Lead2Protect: 22 Civil Society Organizations Call for Urgent Action to Strengthen the Protection of Civilians in Conflict

CIVIC and 21 civil society organizations have issued a joint statement calling on members of the UN Security Council, the UN Secretary-General, and all governments to strengthen protection for civilians caught in armed conflict. The statement comes in advance of Protection of Civilians (POC) Week and the UN Security Council open debate on the protection…

In Light of Unpredictable Security Situation in South Sudan, the Security Council Wisely Opts for Limited Changes to UNMISS’s Mandate

On March 12, 2020, the mandate of the UN peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was renewed for one year. The new mandate—outlining what tasks the UN Security Council expects the Mission to perform over the coming year—is a cautious and compromise-filled document, which is what allowed the Council to achieve consensus on the mandate…

Civil Society Guidance for a Model DoD Policy on Civilian Harm

The FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) enacted by Congress required the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a comprehensive department-wide policy addressing civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations. This provision also required the Secretary of Defense to appoint a senior-level civilian to develop, coordinate, and oversee compliance with DoD policy related to…