Protection of Civilians

  • Tomorrow (25 May), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict. The expected briefers are OCHA’s Director of the Coordination Division Ramesh Rajasingham, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)...

  • Tomorrow (24 May) at 4:30 pm EST in the ECOSOC Chamber, Ireland will host an Arria-formula meeting on the protection of journalists. The expected briefers are Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to...

  • On Thursday (19 May), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on conflict and food security under the agenda item “Maintenance of international peace and security”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António...

  • May 2022

    Conflict and Food Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Security Council is expected to hold a briefing on conflict and food security as a signature event of the US Council presidency.

  • May 2022

    Protection of Civilians

    Monthly Forecast

    In May, the Council will hold its annual open debate on the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflict.  Council members are expected to receive the Secretary-General’s annual PoC report by mid-May.

  • 20 April 2022

    Arria-formula Meeting on Conflict and Hunger

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    Tomorrow (21 April), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting on conflict and hunger. Ireland is organising the meeting, which will be broadcast on UN TV. The expected briefers are Chief Economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...

  • Tomorrow (25 March) at 10 am in the ECOSOC chamber, Mexico will organise an Arria-formula meeting on “ensuring access to mental health and psychosocial support in conflict, post-conflict, and humanitarian settings”. The expected briefers are Dévora Kestel, Director of the...

  • Tomorrow (25 January), the Security Council will hold a high-level open debate on the protection of civilians (POC), under the theme “Wars in cities: protection of civilians in urban settings”. The meeting, which is one of the signature events of...

  • In January, Norway plans to hold a high-level open debate on “Wars in cities: protection of civilians in urban settings” as one of the signature events of its presidency. The open debate is expected to focus on the long-term, cumulative humanitarian repercussions of urban warfare. Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres, ICRC President Peter Maurer, and a civil society representative are expected to brief. Non-Council member states will be invited to participate in person, pending the COVID-19 situation, or submit a written statement to be included in the meeting’s official record.

  • Tomorrow (7 December), the Security Council will convene for a briefing by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi under the agenda item “Briefing by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees”. Council members are expected to deliver statements...

  • Tomorrow (11 August), Security Council members will hold a virtual Arria-formula meeting on “humanitarian action: overcoming challenges in situations of armed conflict and counter-terrorism operations”. The meeting is being organised by Kenya. The expected briefers are Raffi Gregorian, Deputy to...

  • 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.