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Protecting Humanitarian and Medical personnel - Arria-formula Meeting of the Security Council
1 Apr 2019 -  According to the United Nations Secretary General report published in September 2018 on the safety of humanitarian personnel and the protection of United Nations personnel, 530 NGO humanitarian personnel were subject to a variety of attacks and violence between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2018, of which 60 lost their lives, 96 were injured and 113 were kidnapped. The number of deaths and injuries increased compared to the previous period. Local personnel, which represent 90% of those present on the ground, are most often affected by such attacks.
Furthermore, according to the WHO database, there have been some 740 attacks on medical infrastructure or personnel since January 2018 (causing 170 deaths and 911 injuries).
However, in theory, humanitarian organizations have legal instruments at their disposal to ensure their missions and members are protected. The Four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols stipulate that relief personnel shall be respected and protected in international as well as in non-international armed conflicts. In response to the insufficient application of these fundamental rules, the UN stepped up its efforts.

Opening remarks:

- 09h30-09h35: intervention of French Minister Jean-Yves LE DRIAN
- 09h35-09h40: intervention of German Minister Heiko MAAS
- 09h40-09h45: remarks by Mark LOWCOCK, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
- 09h45-09h50: remarks by Peter MAURER, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)