Views from Members of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations

Capacity to Protect Civilians: Rhetoric or Reality?

Capacity to Protect Civilians: Rhetoric or Reality?

This policy brief focuses on the UN’s protection capacities, asking what this implies for civilians in the countries where the organization operates. This is related to capacity- and institution-building in host nations, in particular in the security sector. The policy brief provides a short overview of the implementation of POC-mandates in UN peace operations drawing upon the author’s experience from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) between 2011-2014 first, with a particular focus on the capacity to protect through non-military means, and second, on the capacity to provide physical protection. Third, the responsibility of the host government is elaborated upon, ending with some concluding remarks on what the next steps should be in order to further enhance the UN’s capacity to protect civilians.

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Handover of the Peace Operations Review Panel Report.

Handover of the Peace Operations Review Panel Report.

 

Panel Members

Jose Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste) Chair
Jean Arnault (France)
Abhijit Guha (India)
Ameerah Haq (Bangladesh)
Andrew Hughes (Australia)
Alexander Ilitchev (Russia)
Hilde F. Johnson (Norway)
Bruce Jones (Canada)
Youssef Mahmoud (Tunisia)
Ian Martin (United Kingdom)
Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko Mensa-Bonsu (Ghana)
B. Lynn Pascoe (United States)
Floriano Peixoto Vieira Neto (Brazil)
Wang Xuexian (China)

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