The Protection of Civilians Cannot Wait: Ending Impunity and Supporting Civilian-Led Approaches


This year marks both the 25th anniversary of the UN Security Council’s adoption of the protection of civilians in armed conflict agenda, and the 75th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The opportunity to renew and step-up serious commitments and actions to protect civilians must not be missed.

This note was developed by the Global Protection Cluster’s Advocacy Working Group and Community-Led Protection Task Team. It highlights key drivers of the severe protection risks communities affected by armed conflict are facing across relevant Protection Cluster operations as well as emphasize the actions needed to further strengthen the Protection of Civilians, with two examples shared, one from the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and one from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to highlight these elements in current crisis contexts.

The Note aims to serve as a complement to the Secretary General’s Report on the Protection of Civilians and further inform action leveraging and in follow up to this year’s Protection of Civilians Week in New York.