Attacks on Health Care in Armed Conflict: A Role for the Security Council

Upcoming live-streamed event - Thursday, April 14th at 1:15pm EST

The International Peace Institute (IPI) together with the Permanent Missions of Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and Uruguay to the United Nations will co-host a policy forum to discuss the international community’s response to the increased frequency and severity of attacks on healthcare infrastructure, transport, personnel, and patients in situations of armed conflict.

Malakal, South Sudan teaching hospital. ICRC pediatrician on duty at the therapeutic feeding center (malnutrition ward).  ©Getty Images/ICRC

Malakal, South Sudan teaching hospital. ICRC pediatrician on duty at the therapeutic feeding center (malnutrition ward).  ©Getty Images/ICRC

Speakers at the event will illustrate the issue by highlighting humanitarian consequences and discuss policy options for improving respect for international humanitarian law. Discussion on this issue is timely as the Security Council considers a draft resolution on healthcare in armed conflict.

The event will be an opportunity for member states, UN staff members, academics, and civil society to learn about current concerns in the field and engage in an open dialogue on policy options regarding issues such as direct and indirect attacks on the healthcare infrastructure, transport, personnel, and patients; the punishment of healthcare personnel for the performance of medical duties; and the obstruction of access to health care services.

Opening remarks:

  • H.E. Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen, President of the International Peace Institute [TBC], followed by short remarks delivered on behalf of Egypt, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and Uruguay

Speakers:

  • Mr. Stéphane Ojeda, Deputy Permanent Observer to the United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Mr. Jason Cone, Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières, USA

Dr. Nata Menabde, Executive Director of the New York Office, World Health Organization

Moderator:

  • Dr. Els Debuf, Senior Adviser for Humanitarian Affairs, International Peace Institute