Civil Society Partners

The Special Representative is also committed to fostering closer relations on this issue between Member States and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Early in the agenda, the Special Representative facilitated direct contact between child protection NGOs and the Security Council through the “Arria formula” on children and armed conflict.This formula has now become a regular practice of direct exchange prior to the annual open debate of the Security Council on children and armed conflict. Deepening such engagement between Member States and NGOs is also essential. The Special Representative has also established a structure for consultation with NGOs at United Nations Headquarters level on monitoring and reporting as well as all other aspects of the agenda. This Advisory Group of NGOs includes: