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Department of Defence - Mandated to Protect

Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, Department of Defence -

Mandated To Protect - The Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations

This forty-five minute documentary explains how, over the past twenty years, Protection of Civilians has moved to the forefront of Security Council resolutions under which United Nations peacekeepers are deployed.

Mandated To Protect – The Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations
tells the story of the continuing challenges faced by peacekeepers on the ground and at a strategic level to protect civilians in vulnerable situations. War is no longer contained to those in the military; civilians continue to be targets of unimaginable violence. This training program informs its audience, including those heading out on mission, of the recurrent challenges they will face, and how the organisation is looking toward the future.

Directed by Bearcage Creative Director Serge Ou, the crew spent three weeks in the United States, Africa and Europe interviewing more than thirty high ranking civilian, military and UN officials, including Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The program was officially launched on Thursday 3rd November at the Millennium Hotel in New York. The launch was hosted by the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence and the Australian Mission to the United Nations. His Excellency Mr Gary Quinlan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, and Michael G Smith AO, Executive Director of the Centre, welcomed participants to the launch which was attended by more than 150 people including Radhika Coomaraswamy and Margot Wallström. Representatives from Embassies, the United Nations, International Organisations and NGOs also attended the Global Launch.  The documentary was screened and received a very warm response.  Following the screening a Panel (which consisted of Roger Meece, Special Representative of the Secretary General, United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, Military Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and Kevin Kennedy, Head of the Integrated Training Services in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations) and the audience discussed future options for POC training.

The documentary will also be launched during the Civil Military Interaction Seminar in Sydney, the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres Conference in Carlisle, the ICRC Conference in Geneva and in Addis Ababa in February of next year.

Last updated 11 December 2011