PAX organizes expert events focused around the protection of civilians. We regularly convene a global community of practitioners and policymakers to discuss recent developments, challenges and opportunities for improving the protection of civilians.

We host periodic roundtables on the sidelines of important international policy debates, and also put on annual PoC Conferences focused around critical themes. Scroll down for more information about past and future events.

Recent event

8 November, 2022

PAX Protection of Civilians Conference 2022 on people-centered approaches to security

Many concepts attempt to include the voice and agency of the people most affected by conflict in decision making and programming. This event aimed to convene global experts to discuss lessons learned from both research and practice about how to meaningfully engage with civilians living in conflict to improve protection and security.

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26 May 2022
PoC Week Event: Protecting the environment is protecting civilians
24 May 2022
PoC Week Event: PoC in UN Peace Operations. Lessons from Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions
24 May 2022
PoC Week Event: Protection of Water and Water Infrastructure in Armed Conflicts
April 13, 2022
Hawija report launch in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
April 4, 2022
Hawija report launch in Erbil (Iraq)
June 17, 2021
Book launch ‘On civilian harm’
May 27, 2021
PoC Week Event: Emerging practice in effective civilian harm mitigation
May 26, 2021
PoC Week Event: Protecting the environment is protecting civilians
March 25, 2021
UNCSW Side-event on Women Leaders in the Military and Peacekeeping
December 1, 2020
Workshop ‘Operationalizing PoC under A4P Priorities’
November 2, 2020
Engaging Local Populations as Partners in UN Peacekeeping
October 28, 2020
Improving gender-sensitive capacities for PoC in UN peacekeeping training
June 1, 2020
PoC week event: Training for the protection of civilians

Annual PAX PoC Conferences

November 8, 2022

2022 – PAX Protection of Civilians Conference

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December 1-3, 2021

2021 – PAX Protection of Civilians Conference

On December 1-3, 2021, PAX brought together PoC partners to discuss three key themes: international support to local security actors, accountability for military missions, and PoC champions in the future of warfare.

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December 1-3, 2020

2020 – PAX Protection of Civilians Conference

On December 1-3, 2020, we brought together our network of PoC partners on three key themes: People and Protection, National Contributions to PoC, and the Reverberating Effects of Civilian Harm.

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December 3, 2019

2019 – Contributing to Human Security Through Training: A Mission Impossible?

Training of international security forces and governance actors is commonly seen as one of the more viable and safe options to contribute to goals as wide as Security Sector Reform (SSR), Protection of Civilians (PoC), Gender, counter terrorism, stabilization, anti-piracy and border security. The Netherlands contributes to many forms of training with a variety of means coordinated by a diversity of bodies. Building international capacities in complex and fragile settings is riddled with challenges such as competing political interests and coordination mechanisms, a limited capacity to plan for and adjust to local realities, a general lack of outcome tracking and ultimately the risk of harming human security despite the best intentions.

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November 14-15, 2018

2018 – Applying Data for Peacekeeping

Peacekeeping relies on structural, actionable and timely information to be effective. The challenges lie in collecting and collating relevant information, applying information for effective actions and measuring performance. The conference brought together researchers and data specialists, peacekeeping staff and policy makers.

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October 4-5, 2017

2017 – Protection of Civilians: Shared Goals, Different Visions?

On 4 and 5 October 2017 the Protection of Civilians Department of PAX organized the conference ‘’Protection of Civilians. Shared Goals, Different Visions?’’ in The Hague, Netherlands.

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