Since assuming office in April 2006, the Special Representative has held consultations with key constituents on priorities of her Office over the next two years. In line with her mandate, she has presented the strategic plan for her Office.
Strategic framework 2009-12 of the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict
The key objectives of the strategic plan are: (1) to support global initiatives to end grave violations; (2) to promote rights-based protection for children affected by armed conflict; (3) to make children and armed conflict concerns an integral aspect of peacekeeping and peacebuilding; (4) to identify new trends and strategies for the protection of children through research; (5)to secure political and diplomatic engagement on CAAC initiatives and (6) to raise global awareness with regard to all issues relating to children and armed conflict.
- To support global initiatives to end grave violations against children affected by armed conflict
As an independent voice and advocate for children affected by armed conflict, the Special Representative will highlight, promote and support global initiatives by the numerous actors and entities that are focused on preventing and ending grave violations against children and bringing perpetrators of abuses to justice. The Special Representative will advocate also for rigorous post-conflict rehabilitation and reintegration initiatives and programmes for children.
- To promote rights-based protection for children affected by armed conflict
In addition to taking measures for monitoring and reporting violations and ending impunity, the Office of the Special Representative will promote, in close consultation with OHCHR and UNICEF and other partners, the adoption of a rights-based approach to protection issues involving children and armed conflict.
- To make children and armed conflict concerns an integral aspect of peacekeeping and peacebuilding
The emphasis of the United Nations on enhancing its capacity and infrastructure for effective peacekeeping and peacebuilding represents a critical system-wide priority. The Office of the Special Representative will work closely with Member States, relevant United Nations partners and the new Peacebuilding Commission to ensure that children’s protection, demobilization and reintegration needs are addressed in the initial planning and implementation of peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations. Emphasis will also be given to the important role of child protection advisers and other child protection mechanisms in peacekeeping operations. The Special Representative will also advocate for the protection and participation of children in transitional justice mechanism and processes in the aftermath of conflict.
- To identify new trends and strategies for the protection of children through research
The Office of the Special Representative will also promote a more systematic dialogue with academia, with the broad objective of facilitating research to fill the critical gaps in knowledge that hamper advocacy and programmatic responses for children that are relevant to the needs of child protection practitioners on the ground.
- To secure political and diplomatic engagement on CAAC initiatives
The primary goal of the Office of the Special Representative is, in close consultation with UNICEF, to further deepen the engagement of the International Community on the issue of children and armed conflict, and to ensure that the global initiatives ultimately lead to enhanced protection for children on the ground.
- To raise global awareness with regard to all other issues relating to children and armed conflict
The Special Representative will continue to advocate beyond the six categories of violations being considered in the framework of the Security Council. That includes issues such as psychosocial recovery, the challenges of reintegration of children formerly associated with armed groups, the problems related to children under siege from HIV/AIDS, the disruption of education, the lack of access to health care and trafficking of children. The Special Representative will aim to raise awareness and support further studies on emerging concerns for children, especially such issues as may be raised by United Nations and NGO partners, in support of a more concerted response.
In pursuit of the objectives outlined above, the Office of the Special Representative will engage, in close consultation with United Nations partners, Member States, NGOs and civil society groups, the following essential strategies:
- Monitoring and reporting;
- Working in partnership, coordination and mainstreaming.