Organized By : Center for Civilian in Conflict

In adherence with international humanitarian and human rights law (IHL and IHRL), States’ responsibility to ensure the protection of civilians (PoC) can take many forms - legislative, legal or operational. While incremental progress in each of these realms is important, it may fall short of its objectives until it becomes a national political priority spanning strategic, operational, and tactical planning and decision-making.

The adoption of comprehensive national policy frameworks, strategies or action plans on protection of civilians presents opportunities to raise the standards from protection of civilians as a matter of legal compliance to protection as a strategic imperative applicable across all types of contemporary warfare. Such initiatives also pave the way for States and non-State actors, including civil society, to develop innovative tools and approaches that aim at translating IHL into practice and taking concrete steps towards better civilian protection; they also represent an opportunity to reach shared objectives across the ‘triple nexus’ and improve collaboration between New York and Geneva-based UN stakeholders, Member States and civil society partners.

While many PoC approaches have to be tailor-made to specific threats faced in specific environments, these common elements can enable better coherence across national policies and practice ranging from national legislation, adoption of doctrine and training by state security forces, or the development of civilian harm tracking mechanisms, and strengthened civil-military engagement. This requires a continuous dialogue between State and non-state actors and across civilian-military sectors; and outside-the-box and cross-sectoral cooperation between UN and civil society partners.

The side event will bring insights from actors in the field, civil society, community, and military experts that will share practical, field-tested recommendations, solutions and best practices to respond to civilian harm.

Date and time: Jun 25, 2021 08:30 AM (Zurich)



Side Event on the margins of the Second United Nations Counter-Terrorism Week organized by the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism. Co-hosted by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme, this session will bring together an expert panel to discuss the main opportunities and challenges of enhancing prevention of violent extremism efforts through the use of online data and tools. The panel will present concrete experiences, discuss how civil society actors and community stakeholders can make better use of such tools and how to overcome emerging challenges, including capacity gaps and ethical and protection concerns of online data collection and usage.

Date and time: June 25, 2021, 8.00-9.30 am EST



Organized By : Global Justice Center

People of Burma/Myanmar increasingly see themselves as abandoned by the international community. This is especially true for women, a longtime target of military violence.
Join a special press conference by Women's League of Burma, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, and Global Justice Center where ethnic women activists and international experts will present critical grassroots demands to world leaders.
Date and time: Jun 24, 2021 08:00 PM (Bangkok time)



Organized By : Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

The appearance of COVID-19 and the subsequent global pandemic has put immense pressure on governments and economies around the world as they deal with the health, social, political and economic effects of the pandemic. When these effects meet underlying tensions in a state's governance structures, the potential for atrocity crimes to occur increases. 

In the Asia Pacific, COVID-19 has the potential to further harm populations already vulnerable to atrocity crimes, contribute to triggering events and underlying risk factors that could cause atrocity crimes, and limit the region's response capabilities. 

Join the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect for release of a new report ''COVID-19 Pandemic and Implications for Atrocities Prevention: Lessons from East Asia'' on June 23 from 1 PM (Brisbane time). 

Registration is open on this link


Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Join us for a discussion on applying an atrocities prevention frame to conflict drivers in the United States. What steps should we take to prevent mass violence? And what can we learn from partners and communities from the global south?

- Theo Sitther, Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding

- Max Pensky, Co-Director, Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), Binghamton University

Time: Jun 23, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada).