Resolution 1612(2005): Monitoring, Reporting & the Security Council Working Group

In 2005 the Security Council adopted resolution 1612 (2005), which has been the most significant development with regard to Children and Armed Conflict: the Council requested the Secretary-General to create a monitoring and reporting mechanism and created a Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

The monitoring and reporting involves the whole UN system and is mainly fed by specific country task forces. The focus lies on the six grave violations and reporting is based on concrete incidents. Thus, the report enables a fuller appreciation of all background information, violations and protection efforts.

The Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict meets bimonthly and examines the reports of the Secretary-General, an informal global horizontal note and also considers oral or written reports of the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict. The Working Group also adopts conclusions and recommendations on specific country situations.