The sixth report of the Secretary-General on the Protection of civilians in armed confict has been issued (S/2007/643). The report highlights four challenges:
- the denial of life-saving access to civilians in need;
- the abhorrent practice of sexual violence in conflicts and its devastating impact on individuals and communities;
- the critical need to address more consistently the impact of conflict on housing, land and property; and
- the importance of eliminating the unacceptable humanitarian toll of cluster munitions.
The report concludes with recommended actions for the Security Council's consideration.