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.

Last event

Thursday June 17, 2021

Book launch ‘On Civilian Harm’

On June 17, 2021, we launched our new book ‘On civilian harm’. The book directs attention to the broader negative impact that violent conflict and international interventions can have on civilians.

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Annual PAX PoC Conferences

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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Other events

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