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Security Council: The protection of civilians in armed conflict: Missing persons in armed conflict (8543rd meeting)
11 Jun 2019 -  Letter dated 3 June 2019 from the Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2019/458)
The world still faces numerous challenges resulting from armed conflicts or internal violence that have negative repercussions on civilians, particularly children, women, the elderly and people with special needs, most salient among which is the issue of missing persons in armed conflict, where numerous families suffer when their loved ones go missing, and try by all means to know their fate, and oftentimes their efforts are in vain.
Objectives: Raise awareness of the necessity of having the issue of missing persons in armed conflict, and to be among the first issues that the parties to the conflict agree on discussing and taking whatever measures necessary in this regard, from the onset of the conflict, in order to facilitate the process of identifying the fate of missing persons, their whereabouts and the whereabouts of their remains, as well as protecting evidence and witnesses, enabling all those who work in the field of the search for and excavation of missing persons, particularly those who specialize in the field of medical and legal forensics, to perform their duties.
Briefers:
Chaired by Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
OCHA Under-Secretary-General Mark Lowcock and Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC