As the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict celebrates its 20th anniversary, we asked Forest Whitaker -artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and advocate for children affected by armed conflict- to look back at the achievements and challenges of the past decades.

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We also asked colleagues around the world what they hope to accomplish for children in the next decades:

Central African Republic: UN Leaders talk about their hopes for the country’s children


Myat Min Thu, a child protection specialist for UNICEF in Myanmar talks about his hopes for a more protected future for the children of his country.

Aung Myo Myat, a former child soldier in Myanmar, talks about what he would like to do with other former child soldiers.