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Event | 15 September 2017 | by Wilbert van der Zeijden

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Protection of Civilians – Shared Goals, Different Visions?

What: PAX Conference on Protection of Civilians “Shared Goals, Different Visions?”

When: 4 and 5 October 2017

Where: Winkel van Sinkel, Oudegracht 158, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) in armed conflict is a widely shared objective, but effective ways to organize protection are few and far apart in today’s violent conflicts. This meeting brings together experts with experience in MINUSMA, MONUSCO and UNMISS, the Netherlands Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence,  Forsvarets Forsknings Institutt (FFI), Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), research institutions, NGOs and individual experts to reflect on practical inroads to improved protection of civilians in violent conflict.

Three key topics will be discussed:

  • International PoC policy developments and national implementation
  • Integrated training and preparation for PoC missions
  • Security analysis and community engagement in PoC missions

Programme day 1:

Day one is a closed session

Programme day 2:

09:00 – 09:30 Arrival and coffee
09:30 – 10.00 Word of welcome Hans Rouw, PAX
10.00 – 10:30 Key note speech on PoC Alison Giffen (CIVIC)
10:30 – 11:00 Q&A All
11.00 – 11:30 Coffee break All
11:30 – 13:00 First breakout sessions 3 Breakout groups
13.00 – 14:00 Lunch All
14.00 – 15:30 Second breakout sessions 3 Breakout groups
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break All
16:00 – 16:45 Report back to plenary, panel discussion Breakout session pitchers
16:45 – 17.00 Closing remarks Hans Rouw, PAX
17.00 – 18:30 Drinks

Breakout sessions

Three breakout sessions are organized twice during this day, from 11.30 – 13.00 and from 14.00 – 15.30. The breakouts start with two short pitches, facilitated Q&A and discussion afterwards.

Breakout session 1: Integrated Approaches to PoC in the field

With pitches from:

  • Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) on institutional challenges for peacekeeping missions.
  • PAX on civilian perspectives on a comprehensive approach to PoC.

This session aims to discuss what constitutes a ‘comprehensive’ or ‘integrated’ approach to the implementation of PoC.  After the two pitches by CIVIC and PAX representatives the floor will be opened for Q&A, participant’s suggestions and discussions. The main topics and insights will be shared afterwards during the final plenary of the day.

Breakout session 2: International Policies and Structures needed for PoC

With pitches from:

  • PAX and CIVIC on PoC policy and current implementation.  

This session aims to discuss the need for and implementation of PoC policies from an institutional and research perspective. After the two pitches by CIVIC and PAX representatives the floor will be opened for Q&A, participant’s suggestions and discussions. The main topics and insights will be shared afterwards during the final plenary of the day.

Breakout session 3: Security Analysis and Community Engagement needed for PoC

With pitches from:

  • FFI on protecting civilians through a threat-based approach
  • PAX on experiences with human security data in PoC missions.

 This session aims to discuss approaches to the implementation of PoC. Two innovations will be pitched, one on applying a threat-based approach and one on applying systemic human security information for joined analysis. After the two pitches by FFI and PAX representatives the floor will be opened for Q&A, participant’s suggestions and discussions. The main topics and insights will be shared afterwards during the final plenary of the day.

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