UN Considering Civilians’ Role in Peacekeeping and Protecting Threatened Civilians - South Sudan Country Leader Returning to Testify

Minneapolis, MN, March 13, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Several missions to the United Nations (UN) as well as other UN entities will focus on Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) as an effective tool for the protection of civilians and prevention of violence on March 16-23. The work of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a Minnesota-founded organization, will be featured in a High Level Briefing at the UN on “Broadening the Role of Peacekeeping,” on Friday, March 23.

The Nonviolent Peaceforce has pioneered unarmed civilian protection which now can be scaled up to protect more civilian caught in violent conflicts as the UN has deemed the protection of civilians as one of its defining purposes in the 21st century.

“Specially-trained, disciplined unarmed civilian peacekeepers are saving lives in some of the world’s hottest spots,” observed Tim Wallis, NP’s executive director. “These events will help the world know about and be able to take advantage of this emerging resource.”

Senior staff of Nonviolent Peace force, including the directors of NP’s programs in the Philippines and South Sudan, will join UN officials to explain this kind of work, which aims at protecting civilians while promoting efforts of the local people to diffuse conflict.

In addition to the UN events, briefings on UCP will be hosted in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Institute of Peace, Representative Keith Ellison for members and staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Friends Committee on National Legislation on March 21-22.

Nonviolent Peaceforce deploys professionally trained, paid unarmed civilian peacekeepers to protect civilians experiencing armed conflict. Current deployments include the Philippines, South Sudan and the South Caucasus.

Contact Information:
Mel Duncan, Director of Advocacy and Outreach: 651-245-8706
Kara Beckman: 952-484-3627

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Mel Duncan