The Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel clarify the responsibilities between sending states, international partner organisations and the seconded experts. Duty of care measures create a sound basis for staff to fulfil their assignments well prepared, effectively and with the best possible risk management.
The drafting of these guidelines in the field of civilian peacebuilding, which involved a network of national seconding authorities and institutions as well as international organizations, represents a milestone in the development of a common understanding of the duty of care.
In addition to the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE), the institutions co-signing these guidelines include the Swiss Expert Pool for Civilian Peacebuilding (SEP), the British Stabilisation Unit (SU), the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the German Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF), the Finnish Crisis Management Centre (CMC) and the Italian Foreign Ministry.
The network meets regularly for an international roundtable to further develop the dialogue on the duty of care.
Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel (PDF, 44 Pages, 2.8 MB, English)
Duty of care for international deployments put to the test (PDF, 4 Pages, 308.7 kB, multilingual: German, English, French, Italian)