Peacekeeping missions also seek through political good offices and mediation to take a preventive approach to protecting civilians as a last resort however many peacekeepers are authorized to act to physically protect civilians more than 95 of peacekeepers today are mandated to protect civilians. Since the initial protection of civilians poc resolutions in 1999 res 1265 and res 1270 which framed operations of the un assistance mission in sierra leone unamsil our role in protecting civilians has grown significantly. Millions of civilians are targeted for violence in conflict affected areas around the world the protecting civilians in conflict project engages policymakers practitioners and communities on the ground to identify protection gaps and develop tailored strategies to protect civilians in war torn societies. A day long seminar was held at ipi on october 26th on the difficulties faced by united nations peace operations in protecting civilians in complex environments areas where creative solutions are needed to address non state armed groups nsag and violent extremism. Protecting civilians in the context of un peacekeeping operations front cover images left to right successes setbacks and remaining challenges the un security council considers the issue of
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