May 2023 – In a joint statement, Watchlist and 20 organizations urge UN Member States to address three critical issues: 1) recognize the wide-ranging and long-lasting impact of conflict and hunger on civilians, including the disproportionate impact on marginalized groups; 2) take measures to prevent civilian harm during conflict, implement UNSCR 2417, and ensure accountability for violations of international humanitarian law; and 3) address the climate-conflict-peace nexus.

The statement outlines seven concrete actions to be taken immediately by Member States to save lives and invest in solutions that build food security, stability, and peace.

The statement has been released ahead of the Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians, which will be held on May 23, 2023.

Read the joint statement here.