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Protection of civilians in armed conflict: twenty…

Protection of civilians in armed conflict: twenty-fifth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1265 (1999)" - Security Council, 9632nd meeting

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The event, one of the signature events of Mozambique as the Presidency of Security Council for the month of May 2024, provides a timely opportunity to assess and reflect on the challenges and progress made in the protection of civilians over the past quarter century.
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  • As we commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Security Council resolution 1265 (1999), which first established the protection of civilians as a crucial issue of international peace and security, and the seventy-fifth anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, it is imperative to address the current threats and challenges to international humanitarian law.  
  • The open debate will draw upon the annual report of the Secretary-General, which highlights the erosion of international humanitarian law principles, in particular during a period marked by significant global conflicts and frequent violations, where belligerent forces actors are willing to ignore international humanitarian law and the rules of law or invoke them selectively.
  • Despite a century of legal provisions protecting the sanctity and the respect of the life of non-combatants and regulating the conduct of war, the increasing risk of misinterpretation requires the constant affirmation of their applicability. These laws remain important pillars of international coexistence, in particular in the context of the ever-changing nature and methods of war. 
  •  Briefer: Ms. Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide (via video-teleconference)

  •  Briefer: Ms. Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

  •  Briefer: Ms. Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, President, International Committee of the Red Cross

  •  Briefer: Mr. Hichem Khadhraoui, Executive Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

  •  Statement: His Excellency Thomas Gürber, State Secretary, Switzerland

  •  Statements: Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, France, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Japan, Malta, Guyana, Ecuador, Republic of Korea, United States of America, China, Algeria, Mozambique

  •  Statements: Croatia, Luxembourg, Greece, Egypt, Türkiye, Jordan, Chile

  •  The meeting was suspended.

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