Leila Zerrougui presents her annual report to the Human Rights Council, 07 March 2017
Leila Zerrougui, Commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the mandate on children and armed conflict
Remarks by H.E. Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, at the Informal Briefing on the Commemoration of the twentieh anniversary of the mandate on children and armed conflict
Twenty Years for Children
This video presents the work of the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict. The mandate of the Special Representative was created in 1996 to address the plight of children affected by war.
Commemoration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Mandate on Children and Armed Conflict
The President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, organized this informal meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
The panel discussion will provide the opportunity to:
1. Review achievements of the children and armed conflict mandate over the past 20 years;
2. Discuss challenges and ways to strengthen the protection of children in armed conflict including in the context of the 2030 agenda;
3. Discuss ways to promote assistance, rehabilitation, health care and education to children affected by armed conflict.
Speakers will include: H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly; H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General; Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Mr. Forest Whitaker, Artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and SDG Advocate; Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF; Mr. Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs; Mr. El Ghassim Wane, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Ms. Ilwad Elman, Director of Programs and Development, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Somalia.
Presentations by the panellists will be followed by interventions from Member States, the UN system and civil society.
Forest Whitaker (Artist, UNESCO Special Envoy, SDG Advocate), Commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the mandate on children and armed conflict
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
Commemorating 20 Years of Work for Children
On December 12 1996, the UN General Assembly created a mandate dedicated to improve the protection of children affected by conflict and asked the Secretary-General to name a Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.
In the years that followed, few issues have managed to galvanize the international community like the plight of children affected by war.
“When I began my work in 2012, I inherited a mandate with a strong legal framework and mechanisms to generate change for these children through the UN’s governing bodies, Member States and parties to conflict. The mandate was delivering concrete results, including promoting heightened collaboration between all who can leverage a positive impact in children’s lives,” wrote Leila Zerrougui in December.
In a text commemorating twenty years of work to protect children, she also addressed some of the current challenges faced by the international community and called for broad collaboration and support to devise innovative solutions that bring results for boys and girls.
Some achievements of the past twenty years:
Global consensus that children should not be recruited and used by national security forces in conflict, and should be protected from all other grave violations.
Over 115,000 child soldiers released since 2000 as a result of dialogue and Action Plans.
29 Action Plans signed with parties to conflict, and 11 parties delisted following full implementation of their commitments. As a result, the recruitment and use of child soldiers no longer exists in Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.
167 ratifications of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, adopted in 2000.
Paris Principles adopted in 2007 and endorsed by 105 States with the aim to ensure child soldiers are treated primarily as victims, not perpetrators and that their reintegration is a priority.
Strong global action for the protection of schools and hospitals. Safe School declaration against military use of schools adopted in 2015 and already endorsed by 72 States (as of January 2018).
Strong international commitment and progress to end sexual violence against children in conflict
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Leila Zerrougui at Event to Mark 1st International day to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
Leila Zerrougui Presents Annual Report to Human Rights Council
On March 8th 2016, Leila Zerrougui presented her Annual report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.