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Protection Policies

Though Protection of Civilians (PoC) commitments are institutionalized in mandates and policies, missions often struggle to meet the needs and priorities of civilians in conflict. PAX advocates for civilian-centered PoC strategies informed by community engagement and accountable practices.

Placing civilians at the center of PoC
To increase the relevance and effectiveness of PoC interventions, missions must develop and implement civilian-centered protection strategies that are responsive to local needs and priorities. PAX therefore promotes protection policies that are based upon meaningful and inclusive engagement with civilians and comprehensive accountability structures.

PAX engages with the UN, NATO, EU and other international security actors and institutions on how to improve effectiveness and accountability in PoC. To achieve that, we promote inclusive PoC policies, a human security approach to threat analysis methodologies, and conflict-sensitive community engagement.

PAX’s approach includes:
– Convening local and international experts to identify best practices in community engagement
– Providing guidance to missions and military institutions in how to develop inclusive PoC policies
– Advising militaries in how to adapt PoC policies into operational strategies grounded in local realities

For more information, see PAX’s Engaging International Actors on PoC and Protection in Practice projects.

UN Photo: Loey Felipe
news 10 June 2021

Protection of Civilians Week 2021

PAX and 25 other leading organizations have called for the United Nations (UN), Member States, and armed actors to take urgent action in a joint statement published ahead of the annual Security Council (UNSC) open debate on PoC on 25 May, 2021. Also, PAX organized two virtual side events around the Security Council Open Debate and the release of the Secretary-General’s annual PoC report (also known as “PoC week”).

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