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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.

04 May 2017 description

New York –Boys and girls in north-east Nigeria continue to be brutalized as a result of Boko Haram’s insurgency in the region and the ensuing conflict. This is the conclusion of the first “Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in Nigeria” (S/2017/304), which documents the impact on children of the severe deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the country between January 2013 and December 2016.

11 Mar 2014 description

Joint Press Release

UN Special Representative for Children and Armed conflict and UNICEF unveil ‘Children, not Soldiers’ campaign

NEW YORK, 6 March 2014 – Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms. Leila Zerrougui and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today unveiled a new effort to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict by 2016.

26 Nov 2013 description

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Leila Zerrougui, welcomes the significant progress made in the past six months by the Government of Chad to prevent the recruitment of children by its national army.

22 May 2013 description

At the 38th formal meeting of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict on Monday, Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict briefed on her visit to Chad where she was able to reconfirm the commitment and determination of the Chadian authorities to fully implement the Action Plan to end the recruitment and use of children in the country’s national army.

11 Jun 2012 description

OSRSG/110612

New York, 11 June - The Secretary-General issued his annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council which gives an overview of the situation of girls and boys in conflict zones and measures taken for their protection. The report includes a list of parties who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals; the so-called “list of shame.”

22 Jun 2011 description

Watch the Webcast

The United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict today commended the Government of Chad for recently signing an agreement with the world body on ending the use of child soldiers in the central African country’s security forces.

19 Nov 2010 description

New York, 19 November 2010 - Tomorrow, 20 November is Universal Children's Day, a day to celebrate youth and to demonstrate our universal belief that childhood is sacred for all girls and boys.

22 Apr 2009 description

New York, 22 April 2009 - The Annual Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict (A/63/785-S/2009/158) has been issued today.

09 Sep 2008 description

OSRSG/080909

Geneva, 9 September 2008 - Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, presents her report to the Human Rights Council today.

17 Jul 2008 description

Thank you, Mr. President.

I welcome the opportunity to participate in this open debate on the theme of children and armed conflict. I thank the delegation of Vietnam, and His Excellency Le Luong Minh for their foresightedness in choosing this topic and for working with dedication on this important issue for us all. I would also like to thank the Secretary-General for his presence here today and for his constant support of this mandate.

31 May 2008 description

OSRSG/PR080530

Mme. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Représentante Spéciale de l'ONU sur les enfants dans les conflits armés, a conclu son voyage de six (06) jours au Tchad et en RCA. « On m'a donné l'assurance que les parties au conflit acceptent de libérer des enfants dans les deux pays. Le prochain défi sera de les réintégrer dans leurs familles et leurs communautés » , a-t-elle déclaré.

La Représentante spéciale se réjouit de la décision du Gouvernement du Tchad de libérer les enfants associés aux groupes armées maintenus en détention.

31 May 2008 description

OSRSG/PR080530

Bangui/New York, 31 May 2008 - Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, concluded her 6 day trip to Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). She said that she was encouraged that parties to the conflict had agreed to release children both in Chad and CAR, and that the next challenge will be to reintegrate them into their families and communities.

The Special Representative welcomed the decision of the Government of Chad to release children associated with armed groups held in detention.

26 May 2008 description

OSRSG/080526

New York/N'djamena/Bangui, 26 May 2008 - Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict will be conducting a regional visit to Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) from 26 to 31 May, upon the invitation of the two governments.

The objective of the mission is to assess first hand the situation of children in the countries in order to enhance advocacy for protection and programme interventions for war affected children. Ms.

26 May 2008 description

OSRSG/080524

New York/N'djamena, 26 mai 2008 - Mme. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Représentante spéciale des Nations unies pour les enfants dans les conflits armés se rendra au Tchad et en République Centrafricaine du 26 au 31 mai 2008.

L'objectif de la mission est d'évaluer la situation des enfants sur le terrain, en vue de collaborer avec tous les intervenants pour assurer une plus grande protection des enfants.

30 Jan 2008 description

New York, 30 January 2008 - Ms. Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary- General for Children and Armed Conflict presented the Annual Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict (A/32/609-S/2007/757) during a press conference today.

13 Nov 2007 description

New York, 13 November 2007 - The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy is deeply concerned about the recent developments in Chad involving the association "l'Arche de Zoé".