Children and Armed Conflict: Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict - Special Update: March 2014

Report
from Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict
Published on 19 Feb 2014 View Original

On 7 March, the Security Council will be holding an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict under the Luxembourg Presidency. This will be one of two thematic debates on Children and Armed Conflict in 2014. The second Open Debate is expected to occur in the months following the 13th Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, expected to be published in June.

The Security Council has succeeded in creating a strong normative framework for the protection of children in armed conflict. However, more remains to be done to ensure that children’s rights are protected in situations of armed conflict, and that parties to conflict who commit grave violations against children are held to account. Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urged the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

1 Take specific and concrete measures to encourage action plan implementation by States and the UN;
2 Call for enhanced engagement by all actors with non-state armed groups for the purpose of ending violations and concluding action plans;
3 Call for enhanced preparedness of Security Sector actors in the face of issues affecting children in situations of armed conflict;
4 Mainstream children and armed conflict concerns in the Security Council’s country-specific work;
5 Revitalize the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict is a network of local, national and international non-governmental organizations striving to end violations against children in armed conflicts and to guarantee their rights. This special update is based on the experience of Watchlist and its member organizations in over a decade of engagement with the Security Council’s children and armed conflict agenda.