At its meeting held on November 15 in Washington, D.C., the G8 Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Experts Group reviewed the progress made by the G8 Member States in identifying ways to assist UN-authorized peacekeeping operations to implement their Protection of Civilians (POC) mandates in the field. Since their last meeting on April 17-19, the Experts Group has worked to identify concrete, outcome-oriented actions that improve the ability of peacekeeping operations to protect civilians. These cutting-edge efforts include development of POC doctrine, training, education, mission planning, coordination and execution of tasks.
Under the 2012 chairmanship of the United States, the Experts Group has focused its support on efforts by governments, troop- and police-contributing countries, the UN Secretariat and other parties to strengthen peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions in the POC, including child protection and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
The Experts Group also welcomed the chairmanship of the United Kingdom for 2013, which will focus on the transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding, as well as the prevention of sexual violence in conflict environments.