Protection first

The protection of civilians must be supported by Political Affairs Division (PAD) broader political engagement. In the same vein, PAD is increasingly focusing on using its good offices, technical assistance and convening power to support national capacities to ensure a protective environment. This includes helping to address the root causes of conflict; disarming armed groups, focusing on the neutralisation and marginalisation of their political and economic allies and supporters; promoting community reintegration of ex-combatants; and deterring hate speech and discrimination, while promoting national cohesion and unity.