Protection of Civilians

  • Tomorrow (16 July), the Security Council will convene in person for a ministerial-level briefing on the protection of humanitarian space under the protection of civilians in armed conflict agenda item. The meeting, which is a signature event of France’s presidency...

  • July 2021

    Preserving Humanitarian Space

    Monthly Forecast

    In July, France is organising a ministerial level briefing on preserving humanitarian space as a signature event of its presidency. The meeting is expected to be held in person. Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres and Robert Mardini, the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, are expected to brief the Council. Lucile Grosjean, the Delegate Director of Advocacy at Action Against Hunger, is also expected to brief.

  • Tomorrow afternoon (25 May), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict via videoconference (VTC). The expected briefers are Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock, International Committee of the Red...

  • May 2021

    Protection of Civilians

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council will hold its annual debate on protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict via an open videoconference (VTC). Non-Council members are invited to participate and, because of the remote working methods adopted to slow the spread of COVID-19, can submit their statements to the Council. The Council president will then publish a compendium of all submissions on the Council’s website and include it in the UN electronic document system.

  • Tomorrow morning (27 April), the Security Council is expected to hold an open debate via videoconference (VTC) on “Critical Infrastructure: The Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population” under the protection of civilians agenda item. Viet...

  • Expected Council Action   In April, Viet Nam plans to hold an open debate via videoconference (VTC) on “Critical Infrastructure: The Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population”, as one of the signature events of its presidency. Viet Nam’s Deputy...

  • Negotiations on a draft presidential statement on conflict-induced food insecurity and famine concluded earlier this week without Security Council members reaching an agreement. The US proposed the statement ahead of the 11 March Council open debate on conflict and food...

  • Tomorrow (19 March) at 10 am (EST), there will be a virtual Arria-formula meeting on “Religion, Belief and Conflict: the protection of members of religious and belief groups in conflict and religious actors in conflict resolution”, initiated by the UK....

  • Tomorrow (11 March), Security Council members are holding an open debate via videoconference (VTC) on conflict and food security. The US, this month’s Council president, is encouraging Council members to participate at ministerial-level during tomorrow’s session, which will be chaired...

  • March 2021

    Conflict and Hunger

    Monthly Forecast

    In March, the Security Council is expected to hold a high-level open debate via videoconference (VTC) on conflict and food security, which will be the signature event of the US Council presidency.

  • 16 September 2020

    Videoconference on Conflict-induced Hunger

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    Tomorrow afternoon (17 September), Security Council members will hold an open videoconference (VTC) on conflict-induced food insecurity and the risk of famine, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), northeast Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian...

  • Tomorrow (18 June), Security Council members will hold an open videoconference (VTC) meeting, followed by a closed VTC session, with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. The meeting will take place under the agenda item “Briefing by the United...

  • Tomorrow (27 May) Security Council members will hold a high-level open videoconference (VTC) to discuss the Secretary-General’s annual report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. The meeting format is traditionally an open debate. Although Council members will deliver...

  • May 2020

    Protection of Civilians

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council is scheduled to receive the Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians and hold an open video teleconference to discuss it in lieu of the annual open debate, which will not be held because of the precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Non-Council members are invited to participate by sending their written statements to the Council. Secretary-General António Guterres and ICRC President Peter Maurer are expected to brief.

  • Tomorrow (29 April) the Security Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement on conflict-induced hunger. Negotiations on the draft statement have been ongoing throughout April after the Dominican Republic circulated a draft text at the start of the month,...