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Splintering of existing crisis, emergence of new armed actors. The critical need for collaborative and complementary approach to better address child protection in armed conflict.

Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to the Human Rights Council  A bleak year for children around the world In 2023, tens of thousands of children were affected by armed conflict across the world, suffering abhorrent abuses and violations of their rights. The splintering of existing or the [...]

2024-01-25T10:18:14-05:00Thursday, 25 January 2024|

Afghanistan: A dire situation for children due to a lack of access to basic services and increased vulnerabilities.

Children in Afghanistan remained highly vulnerable to grave violations, despite an overall decrease in grave violations compared to the last reporting period, following the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban, highlights a new report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Afghanistan released today. Children's access to basic services was disrupted due [...]

2023-12-22T16:09:35-05:00Friday, 22 December 2023|

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict welcomes the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2720

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ms. Virginia Gamba, welcomes the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2720 adopted today in New York. “The most rapid and effective way to stop violence against children in situations of armed conflict is through meaningful engagement, cessation of hostilities, peace processes, and dialogue for sustainable peace. Peacemaking and [...]

2023-12-22T13:05:26-05:00Friday, 22 December 2023|

The issue of children affected by armed conflict in Africa highlighted during critical discussions.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba,  concluded a two-day visit to The Gambia, where she took part in the African Union Ministerial and High-Level Open Session on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which took place on 4 and 5 December, [...]

2023-12-15T17:55:32-05:00Friday, 15 December 2023|

A new discussion paper highlights the devastating impact of armed conflict on children with disabilities.

While children with disabilities face barriers to their full participation in daily life, they are also disproportionally impacted by armed conflict. Lack of data, stigmas, and discrimination as well as lack of consideration and inclusive protective measures have largely resulted in leaving children with disabilities behind and undermining efforts to gain a comprehensive and [...]

2024-01-25T10:26:37-05:00Thursday, 7 December 2023|

New Research Sheds Light on Climate Insecurity Impacts on Children and Armed Conflict

As world leaders prepare for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the issue of children affected by armed conflict emerges as a crucial aspect that must not be overlooked. While climate emergency has risen to the top of the international political agenda, there [...]

2023-11-28T15:06:54-05:00Tuesday, 28 November 2023|

Syria: Children continue to face endless suffering, all parties must prioritize efforts to end grave violations

In the Syrian Arab Republic, children continue to suffer from the long-term consequences of more than eleven years of conflict. Children’s continued suffering was marked by an increase in grave violations compared to the previous reporting period, a new Secretary-General Report on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic shows.    In [...]

2023-11-27T21:19:45-05:00Monday, 27 November 2023|

Agreement between Israel and Hamas: a sight of hope for the children affected by the conflict 

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, welcomes the agreement reached by Israel and Hamas, with the mediation of Qatar and supported by Egypt and the United States of America. This is a positive development, following the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2712 (2023), addressing [...]

2023-11-23T12:23:29-05:00Thursday, 23 November 2023|

Nothing to Celebrate on World’s Children’s Day

On November 20th, we commemorate World’s Children’s Day, an occasion to take a step back and reflect. Reflect on our achievements but also on the remaining progress that we need to accomplish to fulfill the rights of every child. The recognition of a child, as well as their rights and needs, is enshrined in the [...]

2023-11-20T12:57:51-05:00Monday, 20 November 2023|

United Nations Security Council Resolution on the situation in Gaza puts children first

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Mrs. Virginia Gamba welcomed today’s adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 2712 (2023) addressing the humanitarian situation in Gaza. This adoption sends a critical message to parties to the conflict, namely Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad reminding them about their obligation [...]

2023-11-15T16:37:14-05:00Wednesday, 15 November 2023|
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