The international legal framework and tools are all there to protect civilians caught up in conflict, and now it’s time for governments and armed groups to apply them, the UN relief chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.
Protecting civilians is the ultimate goal of UN peacekeeping.
That’s according to the new chief of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
The changing nature of conflict presents new risks to peace and security.
UN engagement in addressing these challenges is the focus of a two-day debate which opened in New York on Tuesday.