In response to a rise in grave violations committed against children, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict launched #ACTtoProtect, a global campaign to generate greater awareness and action to protect children affected by war. During three years the campaign will seek to prevent grave violations committed against children in times of conflict.
From Sierra Leone to Colombia, Somalia and Afghanistan, every year, conflict affects the lives of tens of thousands of boys and girls. They are forced to join army or armed movement, abducted, used and abused, fuelling wars that they have not created. They are Yenny, Kabba, they are Khaled and Mohamed. Here are some of their stories.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.