PoC policies

  • DPKO/ DFS Policy. The Protection of Civilians in United Nations Peacekeeping


    The purpose of this policy is to provide the conceptual framework, guiding principles, and key considerations for the implementation of protection of civilians (POC) mandates in United Nations peacekeeping operations.


  • NATO Policy for Protection of Civilians


    The aim of this overarching policy is to set out a coherent, consistent and integrated approach to the Protection of Civilians in NATO and NATO-led operations, missions, and other mandated activities. This factsheet provides an overview.


  • Security Council Norms and Practice on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Analysis of Normative Developments in Security Council Resolutions 2009-2013

    P. Maisonneuve and T. Saeteroey  
    UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

    This Occasional Policy Paper examines developments in Security Council language relating to the protection of civilians (PoC) in its situation-specific resolutions from January 2009 to October 2013. During this period, concerns relating to PoC have been included more frequently and more comprehensively in situation-specific resolutions. Nonetheless scope remains for greater consistency in the Council’s approach on how it addresses PoC from one context to another. Greater effort is also required to systematically integrate language adopted in thematic resolutions relevant to the protection of civilians.


  • Framework for Drafting Comprehensive Protection of Civilians (POC): Strategies in UN Peacekeeping Operations

    UN OCHA  

    ”This Framework provides the parameters and key considerations for drafting comprehensive protection of civilians (POC) strategies, which are essential for missions to ensure the most effective implementation of POC mandates authorized by the Security Council.”



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