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Prioritizing Protection of Civilians and Inclusive National Ownership in Peacekeeping Transitions
In order to strengthen the link between peacekeeping and peacebuilding, the UN Security Council adopted UNSCR 2594 (2021). This resolution mandated UN peace operations to prioritize inclusive national and local ownership, coherent and integrated planning and coordination, and engagement with civil society, including women and youth, among other stakeholders in their drawdown and transition. Led by Ireland, with a range of key stakeholders, UNSCR 2594 (2021) served as a milestone that positioned Protection of Civilians (POC) at the heart of UN transitions. It consolidates lessons of prior UN Mission exits based on an inclusive approach, and stresses that in planning for transitions, peace operations should ensure joint planning with national and local partners includes civil society, prioritizing human rights and protection of civilians.
During this year’s Protection of Civilians Week at the UN, an expert level event will examine practical implementation of UNSCR 2594 (2021), drawing on recent research from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with lessons from Darfur and elsewhere. The roundtable will examine the field realities of how Protection of Civilians is prioritized throughout transition processes, including protection of specific vulnerable groups. Participants will discuss how PoC factors into joint transition benchmarks, operational decisions on base and office closures, and on how risk assessment, early warning and accountability mechanisms are used. Relevant experts, field-based UN staff, and civil society representatives will discuss ongoing efforts to strengthen local and national ownership, engaging communities, and creating civic space and participation channels for civil society in planning for peacekeeping transition, while prioritizing the safety and capacity of local protection partners.

This online event is open to the public. Live English/French interpretation will be available.

May 24, 2022 08:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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