Geneva Call brief the Group of Friends of the Protection of Civilians in New York
As a leading organization in the engagement of armed non-State actors on humanitarian norms, Geneva Call was invited - thanks to the Swiss Mission - to brief the Group of Friends of the Protection of Civilians (a group of 15 UN member States chaired by Switzerland) on its work. The briefing took place the day before the Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
During the debate, a number of States reiterated in their statements the importance of engaging armed groups towards compliance with international humanitarian law to enhance the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
While in New York, Geneva Call also met several key stakeholders, in particular the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF as well as the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, to exchange views and discuss areas of cooperation.