Statistics Should Never Overshadow the Individual Suffering of Children in Armed Conflict, “We Must Redouble Efforts to End Grave Violations”

Annual Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict The year 2021 saw a deadly mix of conflict escalation, military coups and takeovers, protracted and new conflicts, as well as violations of international law, all of which had a devastating impact on the protection of children around the world. Cross-border conflict and intercommunal [...]

2022-07-13T14:24:27-04:00Monday, 11 July 2022|

Secretary-General Remarks to the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict

as delivered Madame President, Excellencies, I thank the Government of Estonia for convening today’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict. Conflict devastates societies and hits children particularly hard. The start of 2021 has been no exception and, although monitoring of violations against children committed during 2021 will not be reported until my report of [...]

2021-06-28T08:25:10-04:00Monday, 28 June 2021|

A Stolen Childhood and a Future to Repair: Vulnerability of Girls & Boys in Armed Conflict Exacerbated by COVID-19 Pandemic

Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict The year 2020 has been particularly somber for conflict-affected children with more than 19,300* boys and girls directly suffering one or more grave violations against them, highlights the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), covering the year 2020. The overall [...]

2021-06-21T10:03:12-04:00Monday, 21 June 2021|

Seizing Opportunities to Better Protect Conflict-Affected Children is Critical as the World Responds to COVID-19

Annual Report of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to the General Assembly New York, 25 August 2020- As the vulnerability of boys and girls living amidst hostilities continues and is further exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, processes such as ceasefires, peace processes and security sector reform must [...]

2021-03-17T06:23:50-04:00Tuesday, 25 August 2020|

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children – Message from the UN Secretary-General

Read the Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on children  As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the globe, we are seeing an alarming pattern. The poorest and most vulnerable members of society are being hardest hit, both by the pandemic and the response. I am especially concerned about the well-being of the world’s children. [...]

2021-03-17T06:49:34-04:00Thursday, 16 April 2020|

Message from the UN Secretary-General: Appeal for Global Cease-Fire

Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith.  It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable — women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalized and the displaced — pay the highest price. They are also at [...]

2021-03-17T07:05:23-04:00Monday, 23 March 2020|

UN Secretary-General Remarks to the Security Council Briefing on Children in Armed Conflict

REMARKS TO SECURITY COUNCIL BRIEFING ON CHILDREN IN ARMED CONFLICT: INTRODUCING PRACTICAL GUIDANCE ON THE INTEGRATION OF CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES IN PEACE PROCESSES [bilingual, as delivered] Sire, Majesté, Monsieur le Président Mesdames et messieurs les membres du Conseil, Monsieur Smaïl Chergui, Et Madame Jo Becker, En cette Journée internationale contre l’utilisation d’enfants soldats, je me [...]

2021-03-17T07:07:38-04:00Wednesday, 12 February 2020|

Abductions of children pose alarming new trend: Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict

New York - Mass abductions of children and other civilians have become increasingly prevalent in many of the 23 conflict situations of 2014 that are highlighted in the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, released today. “Abductions have emerged as a rising and alarming trend that are being used in many [...]

2021-08-24T08:19:41-04:00Thursday, 11 June 2015|
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