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Partnering for Comprehensive Protection: National Implementation of Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 09:00 – 10:30 New York (EST)/15:00 – 16:30 Geneva (CET)

The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) invite you to join a high-level virtual roundtable event.

The devastating impacts of armed conflict on civilians – including deaths, injuries, and trauma; forced displacement; and damage to essential civilian infrastructure and services – often amount to humanitarian crises and reverberating effects which can endure decades after a conflict has ended. Responding calls by the UN to Member States, and at the 33rd International Conference of the Red Cross and Crescent, are inspiring action to combat this devastating reality.

 

This event provides an opportunity to examine and strengthen national international humanitarian law (IHL) implementation in conflict contexts, drawing on concrete steps Member States, civil society, and international organizations are taking to make protection of civilians a national political priority spanning strategic, operational, and tactical planning and decision making. Participants will learn from strategies to consolidate political will and participation in such national initiatives, including how these can be based on a shared interest of all parties to respect IHL and clear institutional authorities and responsibilities.

 

The event is part of an ongoing series of informal events exploring challenges and solutions to effective protection of civilians, which will continue through the 2022 “Protection of Civilians Week” in May. The event will include representatives from Member States, UN offices, international organizations, and civil society.

Agenda

Opening Remarks

H.E. Ambassador BAERISWYL Pascale, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN

National Implementation in Action

H.E. Ambassador ADOM Kacou Houaja Léon, Permanent Mission of Côte d’Ivoire to the UN

H.E. Ambassador ARMORIN Carlos, Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN

Partnering to Protect:  Supporting National Action

Moderated panel discussion led by Prof. Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, UN OHCHR

Ramesh Rajasingham, Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN OCHA

Sahr Muhammedally, Director, Middle East and South Asia Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Christian Cardon de Lichtbuer, Chief Protection Officer, ICRC 

Q&A

Closing Remarks

Panelists

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Dr. Naz Modirzadeh

Moderator, Director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

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Ilze Brands Kehris

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, OHCHR

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Ramesh Rajasingham

Acting Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator/OCHA

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Sahr Muhammedally

Director, Middle East and South Asia Program, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

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Christian Cardon de Lichtbuer

Chief Protection Officer, ICRC