Read more about the history of the mandate in the publication commemorating 25 years of work to better protect children affected by conflict.
A new UN mandate is born
On 12 December 1996, with the adoption of resolution 51/77, the General Assembly recommended the appointment of a Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict. The mandate was born. The international community had worked to bring the protection of children affected by war the attention it deserved and had now created a focal point for action to reinforce global child protection.
Former Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict