EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

Latest event

Title Unarmed Civilian Protection: Global needs, Opportunities and Challenges
Date Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time 12:30-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


It is a common assumption that only armed military or police can do the work of peacekeeping. However, unarmed civilians have been successfully ‘keeping the peace’ in situations of violent conflict all over the world, and their numbers are increasing.

Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) is a growing field practice, implemented by more than 40 organisations worldwide. It provides concrete direct protection for civilians affected by violent conflict, saves lives, and contributes to a more sustainable peace.

In this Brown Bag Lunch discussion, three of Nonviolent Peaceforce’s Heads of mission will present current protection concerns and discuss the efficacy of UCP in their respective areas of responsibilities: Tanya Walmsley (Iraq), Huibert Oldenhuis (Myanmar), and Delsy Ronnie (Philippines).

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


27/02/2018: Training Central African troops on International Humanitarian Law – Lessons learnt for CSDP (Cynthia Petrigh, Beyond Peace)

22/02/2018: Reducing Violent Extremism Abroad: What Works? (Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps and Chiara Galletti, International Alert)

20/02/2018: Early action and the Responsibility to Protect: exchange of views with civil society (Ivan Šimonović, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect)

08/02/2018: After the Summit: what’s next in post-Abidjan AU-EU relations in 2018? (Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group)


25/01/2018: Peace and Stability Strategies for the Private Sector in Afghanistan (Rabia Nusrat, International Alert)

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