GPC PoC Advocacy Note - May 2023


This note was developed by the Global Protection Cluster (GPC) and its multi-partner Advocacy Working Group ahead of the UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict.1 It is intended to reinforce the annual Report of the Secretary General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict and amplify the shared priorities of diverse protection partners. The note outlines key protection risks linked to the threat of physical violence that are affecting civilians globally based on analysis of data and trends by Protection Clusters, 90% of which operate in armed conflict situations.2 It also provides recommendations to Member States to help reduce risks experienced by affected communities and effectively respond to protection of civilians’ related priorities.