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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.

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.

06 Jun 2018 description

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Remarks by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG-CAAC

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Excellencies, dear colleagues, and welcome to our guest Kabba Williams,

18 May 2018 description

The United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, is encouraged by the release of 210 children, including three girls, from parties to conflict in South Sudan, bringing the total of released children to more than 800 in the country since the beginning of the year.

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.

07 Feb 2018 description

More than 300 Children Released from the ranks of the SPLM-iO Taban Deng Gai and the SSNLM in Western Equatoria State

New York- The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, welcomes the release of more than 300 children earlier today, including 87 girls, in South Sudan after sustained advocacy efforts by the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting.

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.

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:

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.