Geneva Call speaks to the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict
Last 5 June, Geneva Call was invited by Luxembourg and Canada, respectively the Chairs of the UN Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict, to present its engagement work with armed non-State actors (ANSA) on child protection.
The UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF spoke at the meeting, which was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN in New York. More than 30 representatives of States and relevant organizations attended. Many of them acknowledged the need to engage ANSAs and commended Geneva Call’s complimentary work in this regard. This is the first time that the added value of Geneva Call’s activities has been recognized at such a high level.
Geneva Call is currently engaging some 30 ANSAs on the protection of children in armed conflict, in particular from recruitment and use in hostilities. To date, ten ANSAs have signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict.