#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…

More Good Than Harm: Why the EU Must Learn From Others’ Mistakes to Ensure Better Protection of Civilians through European Peace Facility (EPF) Activities

Anders Fogh Rassmussen recently wrote: “The European Union regularly argues that its foreign policy is based on values, not just on short-term interests. If this is the case, we should stand up for these values.”1Hong Kong showed China is a threat to democracy. Now Europe must defend Taiwan, The Guardian, July 16, 2019, available at:…

#GenderInConflict: Approaching Civilian Protection through a Gender-Sensitive Lens

The following video is one piece in a collection on our VOICES blog focused on the gendered experience in conflict and how gender differences should factor into the protection of civilians. Men, women, boys, and girls experience conflict differently. Despite this fact, talk of “protection of civilians” too often refers to “civilians” in a gender-blind way rather…

Missed Deadlines, Difficult Compromises, Ongoing Divisions: Reviewing the Fifth Committee’s 2019 Session on Peacekeeping

The UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Fifth Committee (5C) concluded its annual session on peacekeeping budgets on July 3rd, missing the fiscal-year deadline by three days. This blog post provides an overview of the key outcomes from the 5C session, such as: the overall peacekeeping budget for 2019-2020; staffing positions; the financial situation facing UN peacekeeping;…

What Does MINUSMA’s Revised Mandate Mean for the Protection of Civilians in Mali? Part 2: A More Detailed Approach to Mitigating Civilian Harm

Part 1 of our analysis discussed how MINUSMA’s new mandate affords greater priority to the protection of civilians. The piece also stressed that Member States must ensure the Mission has the necessary resources to achieve its expanded list of tasks. But prioritizing the protection of civilians (POC) and adding a second strategic priority are not the…