Children and Armed Conflict

  • 10 April 2022

    Ukraine Briefing

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    Tomorrow morning (11 April), the Security Council will convene for a briefing on the situation in Ukraine, under the agenda item “Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine”. The meeting will be chaired by Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK...

  • On Monday (6 December), Security Council members will hold an in-person Arria-formula meeting on the protection of education in conflict. Niger and Norway (the chair of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict), the co-penholders on resolution 2601 of...

  • Tomorrow (29 October), Council members are expected to vote on a draft resolution on the protection of education in conflict. Niger and Norway (the chair of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict) co-drafted the resolution and led the...

  • On Monday (28 June), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on children and armed conflict via videoconference (VTC). Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will chair the meeting and several Council members are expected to be represented at ministerial...

  • June 2021

    Children and Armed Conflict

    Monthly Forecast

    In June, the Security Council is expected to hold an open debate on children and armed conflict. Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid is expected to chair the meeting, which will be held at ministerial level. A senior Secretariat official is expected to present the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict, which is due in June. Other speakers are likely to include the Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, and a civil society briefer.

  • Tomorrow (7 May), an Arria-formula meeting will be held via videoconference on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violations against children in situations of armed conflict. It is being organised by Council members Estonia, France, Ireland, Kenya, Niger, Norway,...

  • Tomorrow (29 January) an Arria-formula meeting will be held via videoconference on: “Children and Armed Conflict, Repatriation of Children from Conflict Zones: From Camps to Homes, Call for Action”. It appears that a key focus of the meeting will be...

  • On Friday (2 October), there will be an Arria-formula meeting on: “Access to education in conflict and post conflict contexts: Role of digital technology and connectivity”. Security Council members co-sponsoring the meeting are Belgium, China, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France,...

  • Tomorrow (10 September), Security Council members will convene for an open debate on “Children and Armed Conflict: Attacks against Schools as a Grave Violation of Children’s Rights”, which will focus on the Sahel region. The meeting will coincide with the...

  • September 2020

    Children and Armed Conflict

    Monthly Forecast

    As Council president in September, Niger is planning to convene an open videoconference (VTC) debate on “attacks against schools: a grave violation of children’s rights” with a focus on the Sahel region. The meeting will coincide with the first “International Day to Protect Education from Attack”, which will take place on 9 September, in line with General Assembly resolution 74/275 adopted on 12 May. The anticipated briefers are Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba and a representative from the Global Coalition for the Protection of Education from Attack (GCPEA). UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, and a child civil society representative may also brief.

  • Tomorrow afternoon (23 June), Security Council members will hold an open video teleconference (VTC) meeting on Children and Armed Conflict. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba will present the Secretary-General’s annual report. The Executive Director of UNICEF,...

  • June 2020

    Children and Armed Conflict

    Monthly Forecast

    In June, the Council is expected to hold an open videoconference (VTC) debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict, due in June. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba will present the Secretary-General’s report. Other speakers are likely to include the Executive Director of UNICEF, Henrietta Fore, and a civil society briefer.

  • 11 February 2020

    Children and Armed Conflict Briefing

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    Tomorrow (12 February) the Security Council will hold a high-level briefing on “Integrating child protection into peace processes to resolve conflict and sustain peace”. The meeting, initiated by Belgium, the chair of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict...

  • February 2020

    Children and Armed Conflict

    Monthly Forecast

    As Council president in February and the chair of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, Belgium is planning a high-level briefing on “Integrating child protection into peace processes to resolve conflict and sustain peace”, to be presided over by the country’s Foreign Minister, Philippe Goffin. Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are expected to be in attendance, and King Philippe will most likely make a statement. The anticipated briefers are Secretary-General António Guterres, AU Peace and Security Commissioner Smaïl Chergui and Jo Becker, chair of the advisory board of the NGO network Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict. On the same day as the briefing, there will be a related high-level event to launch the practical guidance for mediators to protect children in situations of armed conflict. A presidential statement is a possible outcome.

  • Tomorrow (26 November), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting on how to better support children once they have been separated from armed forces and armed groups. In this regard, the meeting will focus on how bridging the “humanitarian-development-peace”...