Australian Government launches documentary on the protection of civilians
4 November 2011
The Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence today announced the launch of a groundbreaking documentary on the topic of Protection of Civilians. The documentary is the product of extensive collaboration between the Australian Government and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).
Entitled ‘Mandated to Protect: Protection of Civilians in Peacekeeping Operations’, the documentary draws upon the considerable work undertaken by the UN, the African Union and other international actors to guide peacekeepers in accordance with the laws of armed conflict and humanitarian principles.
The documentary is designed as an educational tool to introduce peacekeepers, policy makers and other interested parties to some of the complexities involved in protecting civilians.
Launched today in New York by the Australian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the documentary is introduced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and includes interviews with UN mission planners, leaders, military commanders, police and civilian personnel and was produced in consultation with notable academics and representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross, UN humanitarian agencies, the African Union and non-government organisations.
It will be incorporated into the UNITAR online training program and made available to all peacekeeping training centres around the world.
The project was led by the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence, which worked closely with UNITAR, Defence, AusAID, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Mission to the United Nations in New York.
For more information about the documentary, please visit the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence website http://civmilcoe.gov.au
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