High-Level Event: Funding the Future

Funding the Future: Challenges and Responses to the Reintegration of Child Soldiers   Monday, 24 September 2018 10:30 - 12:00 United Nations Secretariat, Conference Room 6 Watch this event live on: http://webtv.un.org/   In 2017 alone, more than 10,000 children were released from the ranks of armed forces and groups in the Central African Republic, [...]

2018-09-20T15:14:23+00:00 Thursday, 20 September 2018|

Children of South Sudan Deserve Stronger Protection from Impact of War

Frowning with concentration, the teenagers methodically pick apart seams and carefully slice up fabric as they learn how to make dresses and shirts. Their feet move rhythmically on the foot pedals of the old Singer sewing machines as the sweat pours off them in the midday heat at the Yambio Vocational Training Centre. These [...]

2018-09-07T15:26:46+00:00 Friday, 7 September 2018|

It Is Urgent to Address Grave Violations Against Children in South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan– At the conclusion of a four-day visit to South Sudan, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, highlighted that grave violations against children in the country remain at unacceptably high levels, with close to 1,400 children verified as having been directly affected in 2017 [...]

2018-09-07T10:31:18+00:00 Friday, 7 September 2018|

Release of 75 Ex-Child Soldiers by Myanmar Armed Forces Encouraging – SRSG Gamba

31 August 2018 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, welcomes the release of 75 children and young people* by the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar Armed Forces, following sustained advocacy work by the United Nations. “Releasing these children and young people is a step forward in the [...]

2018-09-14T11:36:22+00:00 Friday, 31 August 2018|

Opportunities to End and Prevent Widespread Grave Violations Against Children

UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Reports to the General Assembly New York – In the past year, protracted conflicts, cyclical spikes in violence and armed forces and armed groups operating across borders further accentuated children’s vulnerabilities in situations of armed conflict where widespread grave violations were documented against boys and girls. These [...]

2018-08-28T10:37:43+00:00 Tuesday, 28 August 2018|

The Children and Armed Conflict Office, Part of Kofi Annan’s Legacy

As the world is paying tribute to former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who passed away on 18 August 2018, the Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) Office remembers his engagement for global peace, human rights and child protection, but moreover the crucial role he played in the establishment of the CAAC office. The Children and [...]

2018-08-24T12:10:40+00:00 Friday, 24 August 2018|

UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Condemns Escalation of Violence Against Children

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent escalation of violence affecting children in several conflicts around the world. “Children have been directly targeted by belligerents. They were also collateral victims of despicable acts of war,” said [...]

2018-08-17T17:10:52+00:00 Friday, 17 August 2018|

South Sudan: 128 Children Released from the Ranks of Armed Groups

Today, in Yambio, South Sudan, 128 children, including 38 girls and 90 boys, were released by two different armed groups – the South Sudan National Liberation Army and the SPLA – IO (Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition). This progress brought the total number released in 2018 to over 900. The release of the children from [...]

2018-08-07T17:06:05+00:00 Tuesday, 7 August 2018|

SRSG’s Briefing to the Security Council on the situation of children in Syria

Statement by Virginia Gamba Special Representative of the Secretary-General  for Children and Armed Conflict Briefing to the Security Council on the situation of children in Syria (humanitarian) 27 July 2018 Mr. President, Distinguished Council members, Firstly, allow me to thank the current President of the Council, Sweden, for giving me the opportunity to brief you [...]

2018-07-27T10:56:47+00:00 Friday, 27 July 2018|

Week-long Police Training Seeks to Boost Child Protection in South Sudan

A room full of friendly-looking and lively police officers is not something one comes across quite often. But this unusual scenario was playing out for a whole week in Juba, where police officers from ten bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) met for an important training exercise. “I’m learning how to [...]

2018-08-08T16:19:42+00:00 Thursday, 26 July 2018|