Security Council Open Debates on the Protection of Civilians -- Reports and Excerpts from the SixteenOpen Debates

Semi-annual open debates of the Security Council on the protection of civilians around the world and the Security Council’s response to these crises have become a regular follow-up to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict resolutions. Some governments hope that these regular briefings, high-lighting situations where civilians are in danger around the world and giving Member States the opportunity to make statements on the Security Council’s role in protecting civilians, will be a new mechanism to spur better and earlier responses to these crises. A few governments have noted Security Council Resolution 1612 on Children in Armed Conflict as a possible model.