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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.

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.

12 Feb 2017 description

12 Feb 2017

Joint statement by Margot Wallström
, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Leila Zerrougui
, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Throughout the world hundreds of thousands of children go to sleep each night, not with their favourite teddy bear or doll beside them, but with a gun.

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.

13 Oct 2016 description

New York – The international community faces a daunting task to reduce the impact of armed conflict on children, Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said as she presented her annual report to the UN General Assembly today.

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.

13 Feb 2016 description

New York – As we mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, tens of thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world.

“Again this year, the multiplication of conflicts and the brutality of tactics of war have made children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

20 Nov 2015 description

New York – As we celebrate Universal Children’s Day and the progress accomplished to protect the rights of boys and girls around the world, we are also reminded that brutal conflicts and new tactics of war create unprecedented challenges we urgently need to address.

04 Sep 2015 description

Six recommendations aimed at enhancing the protection of children affected by armed conflict are included in the 2015 report that Leila Zerrougui will present to the United Nations General Assembly during its upcoming 71st session.

09 Jul 2015 description

As South Sudan marks the fourth anniversary of its independence tomorrow, the continuing conflict in the country – rendered all the more appalling by a recent intensification of the fighting – makes it impossible to view the passing of this national “birthday” with a celebratory eye. The world stood with South Sudan as it entered into nationhood full of hope.

07 Mar 2015 description

By Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

One year ago, representatives of the last eight governments of the world named by the UN Secretary-General for the recruitment and use of children in their security forces gathered at the United Nations in New York to declare they were ready to take the steps necessary to make their security forces child-free.

04 Mar 2015 description

New York – The recruitment and use of child soldiers continues to be a major challenge in South Sudan, despite commitments by the Government and the opposition led by Riek Machar to protect children from the impact of conflict, stated Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

26 Feb 2015 description

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and the United Nations Children’s Fund condemn in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.

“The recruitment and use of children by armed forces destroys families and communities,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF’s Representative in South Sudan, on Saturday.

12 Feb 2015 description

NEW YORK, 12 février 2015 – Les enfants sont de plus en plus vulnérables au recrutement et à l'utilisation par des groupes armés, alors que les conflits partout dans le monde deviennent plus brutaux et redoublent d’intensité et de fréquence, ont déclaré aujourd’hui l’UNICEF et la Représentante spéciale de l'ONU pour les enfants et les conflits armés, à l'occasion de la Journée internationale contre l'utilisation d'enfants soldats.

12 Feb 2015 description

Children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups as conflicts around the world become more brutal, intense and widespread, UNICEF and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said today to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.

27 Jan 2015 description

NEW YORK – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, welcomes the release of children associated for far too long with David Yau Yau’s South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA/M) Cobra Faction.

Earlier today, 249 children recruited by the SSDA/M Cobra Faction were released in Gumuruk, Jonglei State. It is expected that all the children associated with David Yau Yau’s armed group will be freed in the coming weeks.

30 Dec 2014 description

New York – The conflict that started a year ago in South Sudan has brought about major setbacks for the protection of children, concludes the first report on children and armed conflict in South Sudan published today by the United Nations Secretary-General.

29 Oct 2014 description

“I take the opportunity to inform the public and those who are concerned about the misuse of children. Children are future assets that have to be safeguarded, developed so that they become leaders of their own country.

Our laws stipulate that recruitment and use of children is a crime. Any soldier who recruits or uses children will be severely punished.”

These days, listeners of the United Nations Radio Miraya in South Sudan can hear the country’s Defense Minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, talking about the importance of protecting children from the impact of war.

08 Sep 2014 description

Madame President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,