Document symbol: PK/G/2012
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Protection of Civilians Coordination Mechanisms in UN Peacekeeping Missions: DPKO/DFS Comparative Study and Toolkit
This study focuses on the structures that peacekeeping operations implementing POC mandates have utilised or established towards that end. It provides an analysis of the comparative advantages of different approaches that missions have taken, while taking note of the specific contexts in which they operate. The ultimate objective of this study is to identify where POC coordination has been successful within missions so that existing and future peacekeeping operations with POC mandates might utilise those practices where appropriate. The study compares the advantages and disadvantages of various coordination models, recognising that each may be appropriate in different circumstances. It also highlights factors, such as established persons or offices for POC coordination that were vital to some missions’ success. This study’s findings can, therefore, be applied in the wide range of current and potential peacekeeping contexts. The study then builds on the above findings to deliver a set of tools to assist practitioners. These tools, including a checklist, sample terms of reference, and basic organograms, are aimed at POC focal points in missions, planners in mission and headquarters, and others who may support a mission’s POC work.
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