Interaction with UN Peacekeeping Mission
Protection Clusters can contribute to the development of the peacekeeping mission’s protection strategy and facilitate coordination with mission’s counterparts, specially human rights, protection of civilians, child protection and women protection units.
Protection Clusters can seek to influence the nature of the protection mandates that are assigned to peacekeeping missions by the Security Council. The GPC and field protection clusters participate in inter-agency coordination mechanisms facilitated by OCHA and regularly update the UN Security Council Informal Expert Group on key protection issues in countries considered by the Council.
Humanitarians have also long recognized that humanitarian action alone cannot protect civilians from the effects of armed conflict. Military actors may be able to enhance the physical protection of civilian population. They may also be able to contribute to a security environment conducive to the provision of humanitarian assistance. The modality and degree of interaction between humanitarian and military actors differ according to the operational contact