The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
On 19 September, the UN Security Council discussed the issue of children and armed conflict – an issue of great concern as violations continue to be committed against children and increasingly at greater scale. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui informed the Council that there has been tremendous progress, however, cautioned that “violations continue to be committed against children, the number of persistent perpetrators has increased, and many new challenges have arisen.” Although welcoming the signing of five new action plans to halt and prevent the recruitment and use of children between the UN and parties in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar, she expressed concern on the heavy toll children have to pay in countries such as Sudan, Yemen, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya and more recently Mali.
In a response to this situation, and with deep concern that certain parties openly disregard resolutions on the matter, the Security Council adopted a resolution in which it demands that parties to armed conflict, which commit grave abuses against children, including those who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals, immediately halt such practices and take special measures to protect children. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 11 in favour with four abstentions (Azerbaijan, China, Pakistan and Russia).
Read the official press release here.
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