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Children and Armed Conflict – Security Council Open Debate

September 9, 2014

598942Leila_ZerrouguiYesterday, the bi-annual open debate on children and armed conflict took place at the UN Security Council. UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui introduced the UN Security General’s report on children and armed conflict (UN Doc No. S/2014/339) covering the period January to December 2013.

In her address to the Security Council, Leila Zerrougui said that the multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war. She said that she was appalled by the total disregard for human life shown by extremist armed groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Boko Haram. She stated that the situation also remains dire in Syria.

The Secretary General’s report provides detailed updates on the following situations on the agenda of the Security Council: Afghanistan, CAR, Chad, Ivory Coast, DRC, Iraq, Israel and the State of Palestine, Lebanon, Libya, LRA activities, Mali, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also provides detailed updates on the following situations which are not on the Security Council agenda: Colombia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and the Southern border provinces of Thailand.

A link to Leila Zerrougui’s full statement can be found here and a summary of the debate can be found here.

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