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16 Nov 2018 description

Boys and girls of Myanmar suffered patterns of grave violations following the crisis outbreak in northern Rakhine State in August 2017 a report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict shows. The report complements the fourth report on the impact of armed conflict on children in Myanmar published in December 2017 and focuses specifically on the crisis in northern Rakhine and areas of ongoing conflict in Kachin and Shan States between 1 July 2017 and 31 August 2018.

14 Nov 2018 description

“The protection of children is a topic of universal resonance for all of us,” highlighted the Director-General of UN Office in Geneva, Michael Møller, as he kick started Geneva Peace Week 2018 with the event Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict on 4 November 2018. “This type of event is exactly why we started Geneva Peace Week, here in the City of Peace, where we bring together the richness of different actors for frank discussions on challenging, but pressing realities,” he said.

07 Nov 2018 description

The conflict in South Sudan has had a devastating effect on the children in the country and has left deep scars in the next generation. The Revitalized Peace Agreement represents an opportunity to turn a corner and make the protection of children a priority as the country moves forward.

15 Oct 2018 description

New York, 15 October 2018 – The level of violence and brutality endured by children in South Sudan is dismaying said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, as a new report shows that more than 9,200 children were verified by the United Nations as victims of grave violations in the close to four years covered by the report (October 2014 – June 2018).

09 Oct 2018 description

Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict presents her annual report to the UN General Assembly.

New York – Efforts to prevent grave violations against boys and girls affected by conflict must go hand in hand with our work to protect them, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict said as she presented her annual report to the UN General Assembly.

27 Sep 2018 description

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, congratulates the government of South Sudan for its accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

South Sudan’s Ambassadors Kureng Garang and Agnes Oswaha deposited the accession instrument during a ceremony that took place on the margins of the 73rd General Assembly debates at the UN headquarters in New York.

25 Sep 2018 description

“All of us here today agree on the importance of reintegration to help former child soldiers reclaim their lives. However, despite our efforts, we are still unable to assist everyone,” highlighted the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, at the opening of the event: Funding the Future: Challenges and Responses to the Reintegration of Child Soldiers.

07 Sep 2018 description

Juba, 7 September 2018: At the conclusion of a four-day visit to South Sudan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, highlighted that grave violations against children in the country remain at unacceptably high levels, with close to 1,400 children verified as having been directly affected in 2017 and thousands more bearing the brunt of the conflict. Therefore, it is urgent to address grave violations against children in South Sudan, ensure accountability and prevent the recurrence of violations.

31 Aug 2018 description

31 August 2018 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, welcomes the release of 75 children and young people* by the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Armed Forces, following sustained advocacy work by the United Nations.

27 Jul 2018 description

Statement by Virginia Gamba
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Briefing to the Security Council on the situation of children in Syria (humanitarian)

Mr. President,
Distinguished Council members,

Firstly, allow me to thank the current President of the Council, Sweden, for giving me the opportunity to brief you today and share the most recent updates on the situation of children affected by the armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

09 Jul 2018 description

New York – The UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, welcomes the adoption today of the Security Council’s Resolution 2427, following the 15-member Council’s unanimous approval of the draft, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, along with 95 co-sponsors.

The resolution, adopted during the Security Council Open Debate on children and armed conflict, adds a series of measures to strengthen mechanisms to prevent violations against children in conflict.

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.

21 Jun 2018 description

On 19th June, supported by a strong message from Secretary-General António Guterres, the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict marked the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in the event – “The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War” organized by Permanent Mission of Argentina and co-hosted with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict.

20 Jun 2018 description

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba,

SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

19 June 2018

His Excellency, Ambassador Martin Garcia Moritan, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations

United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict and Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual violence in conflict and Under-Secretary General Ms. Pramila Patten

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.

14 Jun 2018 description

Reintegrate Identity, Regain Life, Rebuild Future*

On 6th June, an event on Reintegration of children formerly associated with armed groups and armed forces, held by the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, demonstrated the value of successful reintegration programs for former child soldiers.