To improve the protection and care of children
in conflict situations and prevent these conflicts from occurring, this
study proposes an agenda for action by Member States and the international
community. The following issues are considered:
- Mitigating the impact of armed conflict on children
- Relevance and adequacy of existing standards
- Reconstruction and reconciliation
- Conflict prevention
Focusing on contingency planning, these guidelines
examines the following issues:
Purpose: Popular misconceptions, relationship to early warning, operations planning and needs assessment, indicators to suggest initiation of planning process.
Process: Emphases importance of process to arrive at an effective plan, describes a participatory approach and suggests mechanisms established in-country to update the plan and maintain the preparedness process.