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09 Jul 2018 description

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict
“Protecting Children Today Prevents Conflict Tomorrow”

9 July 2018

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Prime Minister Löfven,

Excellencies,
Executive Director Henrietta Fore
Civil society briefer Yenny Londoño
Members of the Security Council
Ladies and Gentlemen,

27 Jun 2018 description

New York, 27 June 2018 – The number of children affected by armed conflict and the severity of grave violations affecting them increased in the past year, concludes the annual report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict released today.

26 Jun 2018 description

New York- Children continued to bear the brunt of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and were victims of over 11,500 grave violations committed by [more than] 40 parties to the conflict verified by the United Nations between 2014 and 2017. This is the conclusion of the sixth report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the DRC [S/2018/502], which also states that this represents a 60% increase in grave violations compared to the previous reporting period, covering the years 2010 to 2013.

15 Jun 2018 description

“This year, the Day of the African Child is held under the theme “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development”. While sustained growth in great parts of the continent has led to sizable advances for children, the boys and girls growing up in countries affected by armed conflict continue to lag behind.

10 May 2018 description

United Nations Security Council Open Arria Formula Meeting on Ending and Preventing Grave Violations Against Children Through Action Plans: Best Practices from African States

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba,

SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

Excellencies, Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

10 May 2018 description

Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Again this year, the Global Coalition’s report “Education Under Attack” is an urgent call to do more to protect schools, educators and students from violence and threats. Thank you for producing this report that is making our common advocacy stronger and more impactful.

I would also like to thank the Permanent Representatives or Norway, Qatar and Argentina. Your commitment to advance the protection of schools is leading to important progress.

15 Dec 2017 description

New York, 15 décembre 2017 - Les Représentantes spéciales du Secrétaire général de l’ONU chargée des violences sexuelles commises en période de conflit, Madame Pramila Patten, et pour les enfants et les conflits armés, Madame Virginia Gamba, saluent la justice militaire de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) pour la décision historique de condamner un parlementaire local et des membres de la milice « Armée de Jésus » pour le viol de dizaines d’enfants à Kavumu, RDC.

15 Dec 2017 description

New York, 15 December 2017- The Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict (SVC), Pramila Patten, and for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba welcome the landmark decision by military justice authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the conviction of a provincial parliamentarian and members of the “Army of Jesus” militia for the crimes against humanity of rape for dozens of children in Kavumu, DRC.

17 Oct 2017 description

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Arria Formula Meeting on the issue of attacks on schools.

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Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

06 Oct 2017 description

Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict

New York, 5 October 2017 – Boys and girls living in countries affected by armed conflict have been victims of widespread violations in 2016, as documented in the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict released today and covering the period from January to December 2016.

23 Sep 2017 description

Chief Child Protection Advisers (CPA) from Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan were gathered in New York on 19 September to brief Member States, Officials and Partners on the crucial transversal work done by CPAs in the field to better protect children living in areas affected by conflicts.

02 Aug 2017 description

2 August 2017

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, welcomes the surrender on 26 July of Ntabo Ntaberi Cheka, founder and leader of the Nduma Defence of Congo/Cheka, to the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Mutongo, North Kivu.

07 Mar 2017 description

Statement by Ms. Leila Zerrougui
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Geneva, 7 March 2017

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Mr. Chairman, Distinguished delegates,

Dear colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a pleasure to be here with Ms. Santos Pais for my sixth interactive dialogue. This will be the final time I address the Council. I would like to take this opportunity to say that it has been a pleasure working with you all.

13 Feb 2017 description

The senior United Nations advocate for children caught up in conflict is reaching out to parents, elders, and the entire international community to keep children away from armies and militias – a UN role that over the past two decades has helped more than 115,000 child soldiers regain their youth.

“My role is to reach them, to try to convince them that they are the ones who can make a difference on the ground,” the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, told UN News on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of her office’s mandate.

08 Feb 2017 description

Foreword by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Twenty years ago, the General Assembly recognized the unique predicament of children caught up in conflict, and created the mandate of my Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC).

24 Jan 2017 description

New York – In her annual report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict highlighted the progress accomplished since the creation of her mandate twenty years ago, but also urged Member States and parties to conflict to take immediate action to end persistent grave violations against children.

31 Dec 2016 description

THE IMPACT OF ARMED CONFLICT ON CHILDREN

Trends and developments: 2016

Despite some progress in certain country situations, increasingly complex conflicts have resulted in widespread violations against children with occurrences of 6 grave violations documented.1

In 2016, there were at least 4,000 verified grave violations by Government forces and over 11,500 by non-State armed groups. Many more violations remain unattributed.

Progress:

14 Dec 2016 description

Interview with Dee Brillenburg-Wurth, the head of child protection at MONUSCO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Can you describe your work? I’m in charge of a team of about 30 child protection officers who monitor and report on child rights violations on a daily basis. The information they gather is analyzed and integrated into the statistics of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism.

10 May 2016 description

Leila Zerrougui addresses the African Union Open Session on Children and Armed Conflict

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Protecting schools from attacks and military use is essential to fulfil one of the promises of the 2030 Agenda: ensuring access to education for all children, Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict told members of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council during the third annual Open Session on children and armed conflict.

15 Feb 2016 description

New York – Increasingly complex and widening conflicts have taken a huge toll on children in much of the Middle East in 2015, with parts of Africa and Asia facing protracted and relapsing wars that show no signs of abating, wrote Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, in her annual report to the Human Rights Council. The Report covers the period from December 2014 to December 2015.