Partners in the United Nations
Child protection requires the engagement of the United Nations system as a whole, with the Special Representative acting as convener, and facilitating collaboration on child protection among the United Nations, both at the Headquarters and field levels.
Partnerships in the field
Where parties to conflict are listed in the Secretary-General’s annual report, a Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting is established, composed of relevant United Nations actors including UNICEF and DPKO child protection staff. These actors are the eyes and ears of the Office and monitor and report on grave violations committed against children, establish dialogue with parties to conflict, and develop action plans to end violations committed against children if parties are committed to do so. They are also involved in national or regional advocacy efforts. Information gathered at the country level is sent to the Office for Children and Armed Conflict for review, vetting and preparation of reports of the Secretary-General.
UNICEF, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations Department of Political Affairs play a key role in coordinating and co-chairing the Task Force.
The Office of the Special Representative supports field-based child protection efforts including through technical assistance, as well as support for training, advocacy and fund-raising.
Partnerships at UN Headquarters
The Special Representative regularly convenes the Task Force on Children and Armed Conflict in New York. This Task Force, made up of relevant United Nations offices, meets to discuss the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict and other pressing issues.
In addition, together with UNICEF, DPKO and other United Nations partners, the Office of the Special Representative has produced a broad range of guidelines for the field, including guidance and templates for use by field-based partners in the development of action plans to halt grave violations against children.
The Office of the Special Representative also works closely with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict to tackle the issue of sexual violence against children in war-affected countries. Regular coordination also takes place with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children on issues of common concern including the joint campaign for the universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.