26 May 2021 16:00

Event: Attacks on Healthcare - Five years of UN Resolution 2286

Five years on from the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 2286, ‘strongly condemning attacks against medical facilities and personnel in conflict situations,’ healthcare facilities, medical and humanitarian workers, and patients in conflict zones remain at real risk from attack.

This discussion, co-hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières Ireland, the Irish Red Cross and DSA Ireland’s Humanitarian Action Study Group will examine the effect of Resolution 2286 and current threats to patients, staff and healthcare facilities in conflict settings today.

As recognised in International Humanitarian Law and reaffirmed in Resolution 2286, hospitals and health facilities should be one of the few safe places in a conflict zone. Yet in the five years since Resolution 2286 was passed, attacks on healthcare have continued unabated, depriving vulnerable communities of essential health services and placing the lives of patients and healthcare workers in danger.

As the protected status of the medical mission continues to be violated with apparent impunity by both non-state and state parties to conflicts, what has UN Resolution 2286 done for the people it was intended to help? With Ireland continuing its elected membership of the UN Security Council, what responsibility does the UNSC and its members have in enforcing the resolution and what concrete measures can they take to reinforce the protection of impartial medical care?

And what can humanitarians, healthcare workers and civil society do to remind states of their commitments to the protection of the medical mission under Resolution 2286?

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Ambassador Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations

Maciej Polkowski – Head of the ICRC Healthcare in Danger Initiative

Dr. Maria Guevara – International Medical Secretary, MSF

Moderator: Caitriona Dowd - DSA Ireland


May 26th 2021 at 4pm IE/UK / 5pm CET / 11am ET / 6pm UTC+3


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