The concept of protection: towards a mutual understanding - roundtable on civil–military coordination

12 December 2011

Andreas Wigger - Head of the Central Tracing Agency and Protection Division, ICRC
Victoria Metcalfe - Research Fellow, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI


The event explored how international humanitarian and military actors understand and put into practice the concept of the protection of civilians. The roundtable brought together key international military and humanitarian actors to explore their respective objectives, rationale and approaches to the protection of civilians.  The discussion also examined the specific roles and responsibilities that each have in supporting enhanced protection of civilian populations.