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KINSHASA, 14 juin -- Le retour à la vie civile des anciens combattants est un des éléments les plus complexes et les plus importants pour la consolidation de la paix dans les pays africains sortant à peine d'un conflit, ont conclu les participants à la deuxième Conférence internationale sur le désarmement, la démobilisation et la réintégration qui s'est tenue à Kinshasa, en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), du 12 au 14 juin dernier.
At a Headquarters press briefing today, Carolyn M. McAskie, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), announced the launch of the Inter-agency Consolidated Appeals for 2003. Being held in capitals around the world, the Appeals are $3 billion for 50 million beneficiaries in countries experiencing humanitarian crises.
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Today marked a turning point in the campaign to eradicate the use of children as soldiers, Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, told correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing today.
In an effort to bridge the gap between declarations and practice, for the first time in history the Security Council had requested the Secretary-General to attach a list of those who recruited or used children in armed conflict to his next report on the matter, Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, told correspondents at a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon.
A Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal for $2.5 billion to sustain more than 33 million people -- many suffering from war and conflict -- will be launched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan at 11 a.m. on Monday 26 November at Headquarters, it was announced at a press briefing this afternoon.
Given that use of child soldiers was still pervasive around the world, the international community must move much faster towards establishing an effective global ban on their use, Jo Becker, Children's Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, told correspondents this afternoon at Headquarters. Ms. Becker was speaking at a press conference sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to launch the report of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.
The fact that civilians accounted for up to 75 per cent of war victims these days had made their protection a very important part of the discussion on international peace and security, Carolyn McAskie, Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told a Headquarters press briefing today.
The instruments available for the protection of civilians in armed conflict are "in urgent need of updating," Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a just released report to the Security Council that recommends new strategies to deal with the changed nature of contemporary wars.
Members of the Security Council today designated chairpersons of 10 committees set up by the Council to monitor sanctions against countries or groups around the world.
Up to 90 per cent of the people in the camps for internally displaced visited by the recent inter-agency mission to Eritrea were women and children, Dennis McNamara, Coordinator of the Senior Inter-Agency Network on Internally Displaced Persons, told a Headquarters news conference this afternoon. He said that was a higher percentage than in the refugee camps and he attributed the situation to the fact that the men had not demobilized.
For the first time, the General Assembly would take up the issue of diamonds as a catalyst for conflict, Juan Larraín (Chile), Chairman of the Security Council's Angola Sanctions Monitoring Mechanism, told correspondents at a press conference this afternoon. Present at the press conference were Martin Chungong Ayafor (Cameroon), Chairman of the Panel of Experts on Sierra Leone and Paul Heinbecker (Canada), Chairman of the Council's Angola Sanctions Committee.
The United Nations Security Council today expressed its appreciation to diamond industry leaders for their prompt reaction to its proposals on curbing illicit trade in precious stones used to finance armed conflict, according to the Council President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica.
The resolution passed by the World Diamond Congress in Antwerp two days ago was remarkable, Robert Fowler, Canada's Permanent Representative to the United Nations told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.
Raising public awareness of the plight of the world's 20 million displaced children was the goal of the Save the Children's Portrait Pledge, Mike Aaronson, Director-General of Save the Children-United Kingdom told correspondents at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon.
Civil wars and internal conflicts were not just about human suffering and costs, but were also about profit and gain for certain parties, Mats Berdal, director of studies of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, told journalists at a press conference at United Nations Headquarters today.
A new book exploring the recent successes and failures of peacekeeping operations in Africa was launched today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The United Nations has made Africa a priority in "every facet of its work," Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to a major forum on US-African relations that opened today in Washington, D.C.