Myanmar: Crisis in Rakhine State Has Horrendous Impact on Children

Update to the Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Myanmar Boys and girls of Myanmar suffered patterns of grave violations following the crisis outbreak in northern Rakhine State in August 2017 a report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict shows. The report complements the fourth report on the impact [...]

2018-11-16T09:26:12+00:00 Friday, 16 November 2018|

Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict

"The protection of children is a topic of universal resonance for all of us," highlighted the Director-General of UN Office in Geneva, Michael Møller, as he kick started Geneva Peace Week 2018 with the event Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict on 4 November 2018. "This type of event is exactly why we started Geneva Peace Week, here in [...]

2018-11-14T12:21:13+00:00 Wednesday, 14 November 2018|

South Sudan: Children Share Stories of Sufferings with Security Council Working Group

by Francesca Mold, UNMISS James Korok is just nineteen-years-old but has already experienced a lifetime of pain, fighting as a child soldier in the war in South Sudan. Despite that, he is one of the lucky ones. Released by the armed forces in remote Pibor, James is back in school and earning US$60 a week [...]

2018-11-08T14:01:45+00:00 Thursday, 8 November 2018|

Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict – Geneva Peace Week 2018

Building Peace: Protecting Children in Conflict 5 November 2018   Palais des Nations, Conference Room XVII This event highlighted that ending and preventing violations against children in armed conflict is not only a moral imperative but can also contributed to building sustainable peace. The event built support for the Special Representative’s strategic focus on prevention [...]

2018-11-12T12:06:03+00:00 Tuesday, 16 October 2018|

Impunity Must End in South Sudan as Report Shows Children Suffering Persistent Grave Violations

New York, 15 October 2018 -  The level of violence and brutality endured by children in South Sudan is dismaying said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, as a new report shows that more than 9,200 children were verified by the United Nations as victims of grave [...]

2018-11-08T16:39:26+00:00 Monday, 15 October 2018|

Nigeria: Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Welcomes Release of 833 Children by Civilian Joint Task Force

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, welcomes the release earlier today of 833 children by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in North-East Nigeria. “This is an important development for boys and girls of north-east Nigeria whose lives have been deeply affected by violence and [...]

2018-11-02T14:15:55+00:00 Friday, 12 October 2018|

9 October 2018 – Presentation of Annual Report to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Third Committee of the General Assembly Discussion of the Promotion and protection of the rights of children (item 70 (a)) 9 October 2018 Mr. Chair, Distinguished delegates, Dear colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, I am very happy to be here today [...]

2018-10-09T15:42:07+00:00 Tuesday, 9 October 2018|

Moving Towards an Era of Prevention for Children Affected by Armed Conflict

Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict presents her annual report to the UN General Assembly New York – Efforts to prevent grave violations against boys and girls affected by conflict must go hand in hand with our work to protect them, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict said as [...]

2018-10-09T11:47:32+00:00 Tuesday, 9 October 2018|

Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN Goodwill Ambassador and Congolese doctor, highlighting sexual violence

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The decision [...]

2018-10-05T14:42:40+00:00 Friday, 5 October 2018|

South Sudan: UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Welcomes Accession to OPAC

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, congratulates the government of South Sudan for its accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC). South Sudan’s Ambassadors Kureng Garang and Agnes Oswaha deposited the [...]

2018-09-27T12:39:04+00:00 Thursday, 27 September 2018|