Implementing the Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping (IPOC)



The Global Governance Institute (GGI) is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with the Institute of Security Policy at the University of Kiel  in Germany and the Institute of Security and Global Affairs of Leiden University in The Netherlands, in order to advice the German Ministry of Defence and the German Bundeswehr on how to implement the Protection of Civilians (POC) concept in United Nations Peace Operations. At a time when UN peacekeeping operations face complex challenges and when Germany and its European partners reflect on major lessons learned from their contributions to the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the research and advice project seeks to provide concrete recommendations on how Germany could advance a truly comprehensive approach to strengthening POC implementation at the political and operational levels.

In order to enhance Germany’s “POC Preparedness” in the future, the project will place a particular emphasis on how the German Armed Forces, the German Policy, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development can contribute to this overarching goal.

The project will consist of wide-ranging interviews and stakeholder consultations at national, regional and international levels. A first series of in-depth workshops took place in 2019 at Georgetown University, the International Peace Institute in New York and at the Ministry of Defence in Berlin. Further events in 2020 include a side-event at the Munich Security Conference, a Brussels-workshop on EU, NATO and UN approaches to POC and a final conference and launch of the report in Berlin.

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