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.

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