Protection of Civilians

  • Tomorrow afternoon (12 June), there will be an Arria-formula meeting of Security Council members titled “Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: prevent and respond to persons going missing across the globe”. Switzerland is convening the meeting together with The Global...

  • Tomorrow afternoon (30 May), the Security Council will convene for a briefing by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi under the agenda item “Briefing by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees”. Grandi is expected to provide an overview...

  • Tomorrow morning (24 May), the Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution prepared by Switzerland on the protection of humanitarian and UN personnel. The draft text is open for co-sponsorship by the wider UN membership. Background Over...

  • Tomorrow (21 May), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict. Mozambique, the Council president for May, is convening the meeting as one of its signature events. The expected briefers are Assistant...

  • May 2024

    Protection of Civilians

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Security Council will receive the Secretary-General’s annual report on the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict and hold its annual open debate on the topic. The expected briefers for the debate are Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and ICRC President Mirjana Spoljaric Egger. Mozambique, the Council president in May, is also expected to invite a civil society representative.  

  • 19 March 2024

    Briefing on Food Security Risks in Sudan

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    Tomorrow morning (20 March), the Security Council will hold a briefing on food insecurity in Sudan under the “Protection of civilians in armed conflict” agenda item. Briefings are expected from OCHA Director of Operations and Advocacy Edem Wosornu, Food and...

  • 27 February 2024

    Briefing on Food Security Risks in Gaza

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    This afternoon (27 February), the Security Council will hold a briefing on food insecurity in Gaza under the “Protection of civilians in armed conflict” agenda item. Briefings are expected from OCHA Head in Geneva and Director of the Coordination Division...

  • Tomorrow (13 February), the Security Council will convene for a high-level open debate on “The impact of climate change and food insecurity on the maintenance of international peace and security”, the signature event of Guyana’s presidency. President Mohamed Irfaan Ali...

  • October 2023

    UN High Commissioner for Refugees

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, will brief the Council. The briefing will focus on the situation of refugees in several countries on the Council’s agenda. No outcome is expected.

  • Tomorrow (14 September), the Security Council will convene for an open debate on “Advancing public-private humanitarian partnership” under the “Maintenance of international peace and security” agenda item. The meeting, which is one of the signature events of Albania’s September Council...

  • September 2023

    Protection of Civilians 

    Monthly Forecast

    In September, Albania is planning to convene an open debate titled “Advancing Public-Private Humanitarian Partnership” under the “Maintenance of international peace and security” agenda item. Olta Xhaçka, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, will chair the meeting. The expected briefers are Cindy H. McCain, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP); Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Futures—a philanthropic venture that funds science and technology research; Michael Miebach, CEO of Mastercard; and a civil society representative. 

  • Earlier today (3 August), the Security Council adopted a presidential statement on conflict and food insecurity at a ministerial-level open debate on famine and conflict-induced global food insecurity. The US circulated the initial draft presidential statement on Friday (21 July)....

  • August 2023

    Conflict and Food Insecurity

    Monthly Forecast

    In August, the Security Council is expected to hold a high-level open debate on famine and conflict-induced global food insecurity. This is a signature event of the US Council presidency that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will chair. The Expected briefers are UN Famine Prevention and Response Coordinator Reena Ghelani; Navyn Salem, the founder and CEO of Edesia—a non-profit that combats malnutrition; and President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband.

  • Tomorrow morning (28 July), the Security Council will receive a briefing on UN peacekeeping from Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and the heads of military components of three UN peacekeeping operations: Force Commander of the UN Mission in...

  • On 28 July, Security Council members will hold an informal interactive dialogue (IID) to discuss an OCHA white note on food security risks in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Haiti. OCHA Assistant Secretary-General Joyce Msuya,...