The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict (A/74/845–S/2020/525) issued on 9 June 2020.
Developments & Concerns
Signature by the Government and the United Nations in February 2020 of a comprehensive action plan to end and prevent all six grave violations by the SSPDF. * In view of the unification of their forces with the SSPDF, foreseen in the Revitalized peace agreement, SPLA-IO and SSOA have bound themselves to this action plan;
Establishment of a Joint Verification Committee (JVC) in May 2019 composed of the United Nations, the Government, SSPDF, SPLA-IO and SSOA to conduct screenings to identify and release associated children;
Awareness-raising training on grave violations in 24 SSPDF barracks and SPLA-IO and SSOA cantonments;
Release and reintegration of 280 children, including 76 girls;
Continuing grave violations including by emerging armed groups and by intercommunal fighting;
For the Government:
Full implementation of the Action Plan covering all six grave violations;
To ensure accountability for perpetrators of grave violations;
For all parties:
To immediately release all children recruited or abducted;
To end all grave violations against children;
For the international community:
To continue supporting programs for the reintegration of released children.