OCHA urges Security Council to make greater use of casualty recording

In May 2019, OCHA published its policy report reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s engagement with protection of civilians as a priority topic. Amongst other recommendations, OCHA explicitly encourages the Security Council to make greater use of casualty recording, and to ensure adequate resources are available for casualty recording in UN peace operations.

Building a culture of protection: 20 years of Security Council engagement on Protection of Civilians references the importance of casualty recording as a tool for facilitating advocacy with parties to conflicts. It cites both the 2015 UN Secretary General’s report on Protection of Civilians (S/2015/453) and ECC’s own report, The UN and Casualty Recording: Good Practice and the Need for Action.