Collaboration with civil society is a vital part of the implementation of the mandate on children and armed conflict. Local and international non-Governmental organizations provide information on grave violations, undertake research and advocacy, and deliver services to children, including through vocational training and reintegration programmes.

The Special Representative is committed to fostering closer relations on this issue with non-Governmental organizations (NGOs) and has 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: