ECC has been working with allies to keep casualty recording on the agenda across UN fora.
In January, Norway organised a Security Council meeting on War in cities: protection of civilians in urban settings. In his opening briefing, UN Secretary General Antonio Gutteres highlighted the importance of casualty recording to 'help clarify the fate of missing people, inform ways to minimize civilian harm and help to ensure accountability, recovery and reconciliation' (S/PV.8953). He encouraged states to develop and implement good policies and practices in this area, and incorporate them within national policy frameworks for the protection of civilians. He also urged all parties to conflict to ensure their armed forces are trained in these matters.
Casualty recording also featured at the 40th session of the Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council. The report of the Working Group on South Sudan (A/HRC/WG.6/40/L.10) called on the state to 'Compile a public, verifiable record of all persons killed in armed conflict in the country, including civilians, with a view of using data to create an early warning system and to promote intercommunal reconciliation'. The Working Group report on Syria (A/HRC/WG.6/40/L.2) reminded the state of its obligations under international humanitarian law to 'facilitate efforts to search for and identify any person killed or missing in hostilities, including civilians'.