Policy Framework

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict, 2013

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 15 May, 2013

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“I call upon Member States to…facilitate contact between the United Nations and non-State armed groups for dialogue, conclusion and follow-up on action plans in order to bring an end to violations, in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council on children and armed conflict. Such contact does not prejudge the political or legal status of those non-State armed groups.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: A/67/845-S/2013/245, Para. 206

Agenda item: Children and Armed Conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2012

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 22 May, 2012

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“…on the basis of the annex to the present report, I urge…member States to recognize the fundamental importance of humanitarian negotiations to obtain access to vulnerable people and to refrain from impeding or preventing such negotiations…”

 

“Engagement with armed groups for humanitarian ends is clearly possible and, indeed, necessary in order to negotiate safe humanitarian access to those in need.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2012/376, Para. 80 ; S/2012/376, Para. 55

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments

Resource type: Policy Framework, United Nations Policy Statements

Date published: February, 2011

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“…the greater an organisation’s demonstrated capacity to communicate and negotiate with all relevant actors, the better access and security is achieved for humanitarian operations.”

 

“…acceptance of humanitarian action by local authorities and communities needs to be approached as a process rather than as an event, requiring presence, time, and sustained engagement with all relevant parties, including non-State actors as well as influential political, military, or religious leaders.”

Issuing body: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Symbol and paragraph: Page 3

To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments

Resource type: Policy Framework, United Nations Policy Statements

Date published: February, 2011

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“[Recommendation to host states] Engage in dialogue with humanitarian actors to devise and undertake steps to create conditions conducive to humanitarian action.”

 

“[Recommendation To Humanitarian Coordinators, UNDSS, and OCHA] Identify and engage influential political, military and religious leaders to further their understanding and acceptance of humanitarian action.”

Issuing body: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Symbol and paragraph: Page 51

To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments

Resource type: Policy Framework, United Nations Policy Statements

Date published: February, 2011

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“[Recommendation To Humanitarian Coordinators, UNDSS, and OCHA] In complex security contexts, the humanitarian coordinator and the humanitarian country teams should identify specific, priority objectives for improving secure access that could be pursued through collective advocacy or negotiation vis-à-vis host governments, military forces, or non-state actors.”

Issuing body: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Symbol and paragraph: Page 50

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Prevention of Armed Conflict, 2010

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 24 November, 2010

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“[calls upon the UN Security Council to] encourage efforts by appropriate United Nations officials to engage in dialogue with parties to conflict to elicit such commitments…”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2010/604, Para. 46

Agenda item: Sexual violence in conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2010

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 11 November, 2010

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“…humanitarian actors seek to maintain dialogue, to explain and build acceptance of their humanitarian purpose and to negotiate acceptable terms for continuing their activities. Dialogue with all State and non-State actors for humanitarian ends is not optional but rather is an inevitable necessity in order to reach all civilians in need and ensure the impartial provision of aid.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2010/579, Para. 12

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Sexual Violence in Conflict, 2009

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 15 July, 2009

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“…parties to conflict must protect and meet the basic needs of persons within their control. In situations where they are unwilling or unable to do so, they must allow and facilitate the work of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in providing critical life-saving humanitarian assistance.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2009/362, Para. 30

Agenda item: Sexual violence in conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2009

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 29 May, 2009

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“Systematic dialogue with all parties to conflict, including non-State armed groups, is imperative to establish understanding and acceptance of the neutral and impartial character of humanitarian assistance and the operational modalities of humanitarian agencies, and to sustain access in the long run. In addition, dialogue can be structured around negotiating context-specific arrangements, such as days of tranquility to conduct immunization or other public health campaigns…[t]he modus operandi of these and similar initiatives should be developed and implemented as and where needed.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2009/277, Para. 59

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Terms of Reference for the Humanitarian Coordinator

Resource type: Policy Framework, Other Policy Statements

Date published: 4 May, 2009

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“The HC, whenever possible in support of and in coordination with national and local authorities:

…Expends all necessary efforts to obtain free, timely, safe and unimpeded access by humanitarian organisations to populations in need, where appropriate, by leading and/or promoting negotiations with relevant parties, including non-state actors”

Symbol and paragraph: Page 2

Publisher: Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

The Paris Principles: Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated With Armed Forces or Armed Groups

Resource type: Policy Framework, Other Policy Statements

Date published: February, 2007

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“…Actors should continue to negotiate with armed forces or armed groups for the release of all children recruited or used unlawfully…”

 

“…actors working to promote and support the release of children should make contact with those armed groups who are recruiting or have recruited children and affiliated bodies where this can be done safely, in order to negotiate commitments to establish a minimum age of 18 years for recruitment or participation in armed conflict and to release children in their ranks.”

Issuing body: United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Symbol and paragraph: Paragraph 7.9 ; Paragraph 7.11

Agenda item: Children and Armed Conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2004

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 28 May, 2004

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“Efforts to secure more consistent humanitarian access need to be made on the basis of structured and coordinated negotiations.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2004/431, Para. 19

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2002

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 26 November, 2002

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“Carefully negotiated humanitarian access does much to improve the protection of civilian populations in the short term and to improve prospects for a successful transition to reconciliation.”

 

“… it is critically important that humanitarian actors are able freely to make contact with non-State actors to negotiate fundamental issues like humanitarian access, regardless of the relationships between the State and the rebel groups.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2002/1300, Para. 17 ; S/2002/1300, Para. 26

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security, 2002

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 16 October, 2002

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“[calls upon the UN Security Council to] Urge parties to conflict to ensure that agencies of the United Nations and other international organizations, regional organizations and NGOs have safe and unhindered access to populations in need, especially women and girls.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2002/1154, Para. 53

Agenda item: Women, Peace, and security

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 2001

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 30 March, 2001

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“Access negotiations during a conflict must be understood as a humanitarian necessity.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/2001/331, Para. 15

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 1999

Resource type: Policy Framework, Annual Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

Date published: 8 September, 1999

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“Effective and timely humanitarian action requires unhindered access to those in need. Thus, humanitarian organizations are involved on a daily basis in negotiations with the parties to conflicts to obtain and maintain safe access to civilians in need, as well as guarantees of security for humanitarian personnel. In order to fulfill this task, humanitarian actors must be able to maintain a dialogue with relevant non-state actors without thereby lending them any political legitimacy.”

Issuing body: United Nations Secretary-General

Symbol and paragraph: S/1999/957, Para. 51

Agenda item: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict