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Side-event Children and Armed Conflict - Statement by Eva Smets, Watchlist

Jun 30, 2011 | GermanyUN & Watchlist

The UN’s Children and Armed Conflict Agenda offers member states a unique opportunity to shape one of the most promising and actionable human rights agendas that derives its strength from a broad consensus among governments that children’s rights must be protected.

Statement by Mrs Béatrice Le Fraper of the Permanent Mission of France on the side-event Children and Armed Conflict

Jun 30, 2011 | GermanyUN and the Permanent Mission of France

First of all, I would like to thank Ambassador Wittig and the German mission for having organized this event, which is for us an excellent way to prepare for the public debate on July 12th on the protection of children in armed conflict in the Security Council and the possible adoption of a resolution. We are at an important moment today: on the one hand, we can draw lessons from what we have done in the past years, it’s not yet a success story but some good progress has been made; and on the other hand, we must increase our effectiveness. Her Royal Highness wondered what we can do, what action we can take. Let me add that this issue of children in armed conflict is another project on which Qatar and France share the same objective. We do that also on a number of other issues.

Statement by Robert Young, ICRC on the side-event Children and Armed Conflict

Jun 30, 2011 | GermanyUN 6 ICRC

Attacks on schools and hospitals strike at the heart of International Humanitarian Law.  Sadly, such attacks are something the ICRC sees firsthand in our field operations worldwide. Such attacks can be grave breaches of IHL – war crimes.  It is too rare that those responsible are held accountable.  It is rarer still that their victims of unlawful attacks benefit from reparations.

Statement from Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser at the side-event Children in Armed Conflict

Jun 30, 2011 | GermanyUN & State of Qatar

Ladies and Gentlemen, Members of the Security Council - in the Secretary General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, he documents an increasing trend of direct and physical damage to schools, the closure of schools as a result of threats and intimidation, and the military occupation and use of schools as recruiting grounds in armed conflicts across the globe.

Statement by Ambassador Wittig at the side-event Children and Armed Conflict

Jun 30, 2011 | GermanyUN

The issue of children in armed conflict is of great importance. No child should be deprived of its elementary right to health and well being. This applies foremost for children in armed conflict which are in an especially vulnerable situation.