OCHA Glossary of Humanitarian Terms in relation to the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

The terms and definitions in this glossary have been assembled with a focus on their common usage and understanding within a humanitarian context, particularly as relating to the protection of civilians in armed conflict. As such, the definitions provided do not necessarily reflect the position of the United Nations or its Member States. The document was prepared through a broad and lengthy consultation process within the United Nations system, with extensive reference to the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Assistance, Implementation Group on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. It is hoped that this glossary serves as a practical reference guide to terms often used within humanitarian situations, and that it will be reviewed and updated periodically.

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