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Statement during the May 2017 UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“An ongoing analysis of the humanitarian domain allows us to identify the most worrisome humanitarian challenges to the protection of civilians around the world, among which are the progressive urbanization of conflicts; the human impact of improvised explosive devices; unlawful denial of humanitarian access; attacks on humanitarian and medical personnel, hospitals and other facilities; the destruction of civilian infrastructure; counter-terrorism measures that impede humanitarian action; and sexual and gender-based violence.”

Statement during the May 2017 UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“We would also like to use today’s debate to endorse the recommendation of the Secretary-General and the International Committee of the Red Cross that States and parties to conflict should avoid the use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas. For instance, as independent non-governmental research showed, shelling in eastern Ukraine has directly damaged hospitals, destroyed ambulances and killed or injured health workers and their patients. It also damaged infrastructure and created travel risks. As a result, the availability and accessibility of health care have drastically declined.”

Aligned with World Humanitarian Summit Core Commitments to ‘Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity’, May 2016, including:

“Commit to promote and enhance the protection of civilians and civilian objects, especially in the conduct of hostilities, for instance by working to prevent civilian harm resulting from the use of wide-area explosive weapons in populated areas, and by sparing civilian infrastructure from military use in the conduct of military operations.”

Statement during the January 2016 Security Council open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict:

“The Secretary-General’s report before us (S/2015/453) accurately indicates key challenges with regard to the protection of civilians, namely, limited humanitarian access, attacks on humanitarian and health-care workers and facilities, and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. We agree that the development of policy standards to curb or limit the use of explosive weapons in populated areas could strengthen the protection of civilians.”

As a member of the European Union (EU):

EU statement during the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly First Committee, 2017:

“We recognise the challenges associated with the use of explosive weapons and munitions in densely populated areas and their potential impact on civilians and call on all parties to armed conflict to fully comply with International Humanitarian Law.”

The EU Aligned with World Humanitarian Summit Core Commitments to ‘Uphold the Norms that Safeguard Humanity’, May 2016, including:

“Commit to promote and enhance the protection of civilians and civilian objects, especially in the conduct of hostilities, for instance by working to prevent civilian harm resulting from the use of wide-area explosive weapons in populated areas, and by sparing civilian infrastructure from military use in the conduct of military operations.”

EU Statement during the August 2013 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“We continue to be very preoccupied by the humanitarian impact of the use of weapons in densely populated areas. We take note of the view expressed by the ICRC that the use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area must be avoided in densely populated areas.”

EU Statement during the June 2012 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“…we furthermore continue to be very preoccupied by the humanitarian impact of the use of weapons in densely populated areas. We take note of the view expressed by the ICRC that the use of explosive weapons with a wide area impact should be avoided in densely populated areas. This issue should be addressed in a more systematic and proactive way.”

EU Statement during the May 2011 Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict:

“Despite all efforts, civilians continue to be victims of disproportionate attacks, deliberate targeting and the indiscriminate use of weapons. Explosive weapons used in populated areas have a high humanitarian impact on civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

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