Protection of Civilians

  • 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,...

  • On Tuesday (21 April), the Security Council will hold an open videoconference meeting on the “Protection of civilians from conflict-induced hunger”. Briefings are expected by the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Qu Dongyu; the Executive Director of the World...

  • In April, the Council plans to hold a briefing on the protection of civilians from hunger during armed conflict. Possible briefers are Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley (who, however, announced on 19 March that he had contracted COVID-19), Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Qu Dongyu, and Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland.  The Council may adopt a presidential statement.

  • Tomorrow (22 August) an open Arria-formula meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the ECOSOC chamber on: “Advancing the safety and security of persons belonging to religious minorities in armed conflict”. The meeting has been organised by Poland in...

  • This afternoon (20 August), the Council is set to adopt a presidential statement drafted by Poland, focusing on international humanitarian law. This is to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the universally ratified four Geneva Conventions, which regulate...

  • In August, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz is expected to preside over a briefing on “the promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the maintenance of international peace and security: international humanitarian law”. The anticipated briefers are ICRC President Peter Maurer, the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, UN Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares, and Dr. Annyssa Bellal, senior research fellow and strategic adviser on international humanitarian law at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

  • Last Thursday (20 June), the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2475 on the situation of persons with disabilities in armed conflict. In the end, the resolution—which was an initiative of Poland and the UK—had 68 cosponsors. It represents the first...

  • Tomorrow (24 June) Security Council members are expected to hold an Arria-formula meeting on: “Responding effectively to the needs of refugees, displaced persons and returnees: the role of the United Nations Security Council and its members.” The anticipated briefers are:...

  • Tomorrow morning (11 June), the Security Council is scheduled to hold a briefing on “missing persons in armed conflict” under the protection of civilians agenda item. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, will preside....

  • In June, Kuwait plans to hold a briefing on “missing persons in conflict” under the protection of civilians agenda item. This is a new subtopic for the Council. The briefing will be chaired by Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Also expected to brief is OCHA Under-Secretary-General Mark Lowcock and Peter Maurer, president of  the ICRC. Kuwait plans to circulate a concept note before the briefing. A resolution is a possible outcome. 

  • Tomorrow (23 May), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on the “Protection of civilians in armed conflict”. The open debate, which will be chaired by Indonesia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, is expected to be at...

  • May 2019

    Protection of Civilians

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council is scheduled to receive the Secretary-General’s report on protection of civilians and hold its annual open debate on the topic. It seems that Indonesia, as Council president, is planning to focus the debate on community engagement as a means of enhancing the protection of civilians. Secretary-General António Guterres and representatives of the ICRC and civil society are expected to brief.