Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflict – 2022

23 May 2022

On May 25th, 2022, the UN Security Council held its annual open debate on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict. The debate was an important opportunity for UN Member States to reflect on the current state of POC and on actions to ameliorate the devastating toll of today’s conflicts on civilians.

20+ organizations, including Plan International, have signed on to a joint statement calling on the UN Security Council to go further to protect civilian lives in urban conflict. With civilians accounting for up to 87% of the casualties during war, we call on the UN Security Council, Member States, and other entities within the UN system to implement the recommendations in this joint statement to achieve better protection outcomes, especially by strengthening compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law, ending impunity, preventing and addressing conflict-related sexual violence, ending and preventing grave violations committed against children, engaging civil society, and consolidating the role of protection at the heart of UN peace operations.

Joint Statement on Protection of Civilians – 2022


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Emergencies, Protection from violence, Child protection in emergencies