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1511, 2023

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

Wednesday, 15 November 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

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 under international humanitarian law, particularly when it comes to the protection of children. The resolution [...]

311, 2023

UN Special Representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Concludes Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Friday, 3 November 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, visited Riyadh on 1-2 November 2023 to exchange with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen on sustaining the protection of children in Yemen in the context of the ongoing de facto truce and peace negotiations. The Special Representative welcomed the significant progress achieved in the implementation [...]

3010, 2023

UN Special Representative of Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Concludes Visit to Yemen

Monday, 30 October 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG CAAC), Ms. Virginia Gamba, concluded her first visit to Yemen to advocate for the enhanced protection of children affected by armed conflict and to call for child protection to be included in peace negotiations. SRSG Gamba stressed that the continued relative reduction in violence should be used to support children affected by conflict throughout Yemen, including community-based [...]

1810, 2023

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Dr Najat Maalla M’jid and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba about the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Wednesday, 18 October 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The outbreak of hostilities in Israel and Gaza is devastating. Our thoughts are with all who suffered the unbearable consequences of war and in particular children who, as always, are paying the heavy price of armed conflict. We urgently demand that Hamas immediately and unconditionally release all children and they caregivers that have been abducted and are currently held hostage. Children cannot be held hostage, nor used as human [...]

1010, 2023

Statement by SRSG Gamba at the Third Committee of the General Assembly Discussion of the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children

Tuesday, 10 October 2023|Statements|

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG-CAAC at the Third Committee of the General Assembly Discussion of the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children Item 71 (a)  5 October 2023   Mr. Chair, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, I am honoured to address the Third Committee to present my report to the General Assembly and brief on my mandate’s progress, and the challenges and opportunities for the protection of children affected [...]

910, 2023

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict on the situation in Israel and the State of Palestine

Monday, 9 October 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, is deeply concerned by the recent surge of extreme violence in Israel and the State of Palestine, and shocked at the impact of violence on children. She urges all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the principles of proportionality, distinction and precaution. The Special Representative further [...]

510, 2023

Understanding risks and vulnerabilities and upholding international law critical to protecting children affected by armed conflict

Thursday, 5 October 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home, General Assembly|

Annual Report of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to the General Assembly The Annual Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to the General Assembly showcased once again the scale and severity of the grave violations committed against children from the period of August 2022 to July 2023. Armed conflict causes human casualties and physical destruction [...]

809, 2023

Joint Statement for the commemoration of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack by the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and on Violence against Children.

Friday, 8 September 2023|Featured @ Home, Press Releases|

“Education is not merely a privilege but a fundamental right that empowers children, shapes societies, and paves the way for a brighter future. In time of crisis, the lifesaving role of education for children cannot be underestimated but it is still under constant threat in countries plagued by armed conflict. In 2022, over 1,160 attacks on schools and related protected personnel were verified by the United Nations in situations [...]

2308, 2023

The Government of Ukraine signs plan to end and prevent grave violations against children, with the support of the United Nations.

Wednesday, 23 August 2023|Press Releases, Featured @ Home|

The impact of grave violations against children in Ukraine continues to be of serious concern, particularly the high number of children killed and maimed and attacks on schools and hospitals. Following the call made by the Secretary-General in his latest report on children and armed conflict (A/77/895-S/2023/363), the Government of Ukraine signed a joint prevention plan with the United Nations to end and prevent grave violations against children. The Special [...]

2107, 2023

2022: A grim picture for children affected by conflict, bold and resolute actions on child protection are needed in 2023

Friday, 21 July 2023|Press Releases|

The latest report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/77/895 S/2023/363), presents a grim picture of 2022.  It highlighted that 27,180 grave violations against 18,890 children were verified by the United Nations in 2022, including 8,631 children either killed or maimed, 7,622 children recruited and used, and 3,985 children abducted. These three violations remained the ones verified at the highest levels, which all increased in 2022.  Yet these [...]

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