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In this briefing note, Watchlist highlights abductions of children in situations of armed conflict and the detention of children allegedly associated with armed forces or groups, through examining the Secretary-General’s annual reports from 2002 to 2014.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of the Central Africa Region (Lord’s Resistance Army), Sudan/South Sudan border areas, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Yemen, Mali, and Syria. In particular, the update provides recommendations on Mali to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (SCWG-CAAC), who will soon be briefed on the Secretary-General’s Report on Children and Armed Conflict in Mali.
On 7 March, the Security Council will be holding an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict under the Luxembourg Presidency. This will be one of two thematic debates on Children and Armed Conflict in 2014. The second Open Debate is expected to occur in the months following the 13th Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, expected to be published in June.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of the Central African region / Lord’s Resistance Army, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Yemen and the Philippines. It includes recommendations in particular for the inclusion of grave violations against children as a specific aspect of all reports published by the UN Secretary-General on the situation in Abyei, along the Sudan-South Sudan border.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of the Central African Region (LRA), Central African Republic, Somalia, and Sudan/South Sudan. It includes recommendations in particular concerning Myanmar which is expected to be taken up by the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, the Central African Region, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan. It includes recommendations in particular for enhancing the protection of children in the renewals of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
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In July 2005, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1612. In addition to calling for other important measures to protect children, the Security Council broke new ground in requesting that the Secretary-General establish a mechanism to monitor and report on violations of children's rights in situations of armed conflict. The implementation of the UN-led Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) is an important step in improving the protection of children affected by armed conflict.