On February 8th, top officials from the United Nations and the international community commemorated two decades of efforts to protect children from the scourge of war by marking the 20th anniversary of General Assembly resolution 51/77 (1997) on the promotion and protection of the rights of children.

In an informal meeting of the 193-member Assembly in New York, the UN body’s President, Peter Thomson, called the resolution “a landmark development in our global efforts to improve the protection of children in conflict situations.”

Watch or read the statements delivered by participants at the event:

Remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly

Remarks by H.E. Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, on behalf of the Secretary-General

Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations and Chair of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict

Remarks by Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Remarks by Mr. Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs

Remarks by Mr. El Ghassim Wane, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations

Remarks by Mr. Forest Whitaker, Artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and SDG Advocate at the Commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the mandate on children and armed conflict


Please click on the Member States or organisations’ name to read their statement:

Flag_of_Afghanistan.svg     Afghanistan


download     Argentina


bg-lgflag     Bangladesh


download (16)     Belgium


download     Canada on behalf of the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict


cflarge     Central African Republic


download (29)     Chile


download (17)     Colombia


download (18)     Ethiopia


download (2)     European Union


download     France


download (5)     Germany


download (1)     Hungary


download (30)     Indonesia


download (6)     Italy


images (3)     Japan


Joint NGO Statement


download (7)     Kazakhstan


download (8)     Kenya


download (9)     Malaysia


download (21)     Mexico


download (10)     Myanmar


images     New Zealand

download (1)     Norway on behalf of the Nordic Group

download (28)     Poland


download (22)     Qatar


download (23)     Republic of Korea


download (24)     Russian Federation


download (32)     Sierra Leone


images (1)    Slovenia on behalf of the Human Security Network


download (25)     Somalia


download (13)     Spain


ch-     Switzerland


Pre-1999_Flag_of_Tunisia.svg     Tunisia


download (27)     Ukraine


download (14)     United Kingdom


images (2)     Uruguay


Flag_of_the_United_States.svg     United States of America


download (3)     Venezuela


download (15)     World Health Organization