May 13, 2016 (The New Times/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — Several countries, including the US, Belgium, Estonia, Guinea and Djibouti, have joined a growing number of countries in endorsing the Kigali Principles bringing the total to 24.
The Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians, adopted in May 2015, are a set of best practices to enhance implementation of civilian protection mandates. The 18 recommendations provide a blueprint to strengthen the international community’s commitment to effectively protect civilians.
The new endorsements came early this week a day before the Governments of the Kingdom Netherlands and Rwanda, in collaboration with the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, co-hosted a high-level event on “The Future of Civilian Protection in Peace Operations: Endorsing and Implementing the Kigali Principles.”
The meeting was convened at UN Headquarters in New York was addressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Albert Koenders, and the Minister of State in Charge of Cooperation and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN, Amb Eugene-Richard Gasana.
Koenders noted: “People and communities under threat, with nowhere to go, need to know the UN will do anything within its scope to provide protection.”
The meeting concluded with a ceremony to welcome 12 new member states who endorsed the principles.
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