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Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts - Security Council Open VTC
27 May 2020 -  The open high-level videoconference provided an opportunity to consider the annual report of the Secretary-General on the protection of civilians in armed conflict (S/2020/366). It offered an opportunity for an exchange on the current state of the protection of civilians in armed conflict; on enhancing compliance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law and accountability for violations; and on concrete steps for the implementation of the protection of civilians agenda by Member States, the United Nations system and civil society, including in the context of new challenges and developments, among them the COVID-19 pandemic.
The open high-level videoconference was presided by the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the United Nations, Sven Jürgenson. The President of the Republic of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid, delivered the statement for Estonia.
The speakers listed below briefed the Council:
• Secretary-General of the United Nations
• President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer
• Nobel Peace Laureate, member of The Elders, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Protection of civilians in armed conflicts (S/2020/366) (S/2020/402)