Concluding Remarks: H.E. Mr. Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations

  Opening Remarks: Mr. Jake Sherman, Director of the Center for Peace Operations, International Peace Institute
  Opening Remarks: H.E. Mr. Karel Van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Netherlands to the United Nations
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  This year marks the twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1270, which authorized the UN peacekeeping operation in Sierra Leone with the first explicit mandate to protect civilians under threat of physical violence under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.
To mark this important anniversary, the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and the International Peace Institute (IPI), was convene a side-event, Twenty Years of Protecting Civilians Through UN Peacekeeping Operations: Successes, Challenges, and New Frontiers. The side-event is part of “Protection of Civilians Week,” which is taking place on the margins of the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians under the Presidency of the Republic of Indonesia.
The side-event was bring together senior officials, experts and practitioners from the United Nations, Member States, including troop- and police-contributing countries and Security Council members, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks, to reflect on the evolution of policy, doctrine, legislative guidance, and practice in implementing mandates on the protection of civilians through UN peacekeeping operations over the past twenty years. The event will survey recurring, contemporary, and emerging challenges facing UN peacekeeping operations in delivering on their protection of civilians mandates, drawing on experiences and lessons from the field. Specific and concrete recommendations will be explored to strengthen the protection of civilians through UN peacekeeping operations, including through implementing Action for Peacekeeping, the Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations, and other peacekeeping reform initiatives.
Over the past twenty years, the protection of civilians through UN peacekeeping operations has become one of the most important and visible mandates of the United Nations and its Member States. Eight out of fourteen UN peacekeeping operations currently have the protection of civilians at the core of their mandates, constituting the vast majority of civilian and uniformed personnel deployed to these operations around the world. In many instances, UN peacekeeping operations protect hundreds of thousands of people on a daily basis, and are often the only viable option for vulnerable civilians seeking protection from predatory state or non-state actors.
These operations bring to bear a unique and comprehensive set of capabilities to protect civilians, and despite the challenges that peacekeeping operations face, they remain one of the international community’s most effective and efficient ways of protecting civilians, preventing cycles of violent conflict, and supporting political processes.
Policy and legislative guidance on the protection of civilians through UN peacekeeping operations has evolved significantly over the past 20 years. This year, the Department of Peace Operations revised its landmark Policy on the Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations from 2015, which elaborated on the responsibilities of different mission components on the protection of civilians. The UN Secretariat has also developed implementing guidelines for military components of UN peacekeeping operations, guidelines on the role of UN police in protecting civilians, and dedicated training materials on the protection of civilians. New guidance documents now address community engagement, intelligence, performance, accountability, and other critical issues for effective protection, informed by experiences of peacekeeping missions in the field. At the mission level, peacekeeping operations have developed and implemented mission-wide Protection of Civilians strategies, as well as tailored protection plans in response to specific threats against civilians.
They have set up many innovative tools to strengthen the analysis of protection threats and vulnerabilities, enhance community liaison and engagement, promote early warning, and coordinate action for protection.
These developments have advanced a “whole-of-mission” approach to the protection of civilians, though important progress remains to effectively integrate and utilize the range of civilian, military, and police capabilities available to a UN peacekeeping operation in protecting civilians.
The protection of civilians through UN peacekeeping has also been the subject of significant focus by Member States through the intergovernmental bodies of the UN. This year will mark ten years of the General Assembly Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, or C34, considering the protection of civilians during its annual substantive session. The protection of civilians section of the C34 report has grown considerably since 2009, culminating in 29 paragraphs of text when it was last opened for negotiation during the 2018 session. Turning to the Security Council, mandates for peacekeeping operations have evolved and added precision to the tasks expected of these operations in protecting civilians.
   Keynote Address: H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
   Moderator: Dr. Namie Di Razza, Senior Fellow, International Peace Institute
   Ms. Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, UN Departments of Peace Operations and Political and Peacebuilding Affairs
  Mr. David Gressly, Deputy Special Representative for Operations and the Rule of Law, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
(MONUSCO) Lt. Cdr. Marcia Braga, Former Military Protection of Civilians and Gender Advisor, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and 2019 Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award Winner
   Ms. Alison Giffen, Director, Peacekeeping, Center for Civilians in Conflict
   Concluding Remarks:  H.E. Mr. Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the United Nations
   Speakers attending the International Peace Institute meeting
  Guest question to the Speakers attending the International Peace Institute meeting
IPI has been at the forefront of making peace operations more reliable and effective for over 40 years. From the training of UN peacekeeping troops in the 1970s, to the current work on multidimensional peace operations, IPI aims to deepen the understanding of peace operations around the world and to develop policy ideas to improve their chances of success. The center is named for Sir Brian Urquhart, the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General who played a crucial role in the founding and development of UN peace operations.