A new report from the Every Casualty programme explores the current state of casualty recording practice and the use of information about casualties within the UN. It concludes that when the UN systematically records the direct civilian casualties of violent conflict, and acts effectively on this information, this can help save civilian lives. However, casualty recording is not currently a widespread practice within the UN system.
The report recommends that the advancement of casualty-recording practice by the UN in conflict-affected countries should be pursued, as this would have clear benefits to the work of a range of UN entities, and so to the people that they serve.
This report is part of a joint project with Action on Armed Violence to review state and UN practices in casualty recording. See our joint press release on the launch of our findings and our joint briefing on key findings and recommendations.