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Informal Meeting of the General Assembly on Children and Armed Conflict

Statement by H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, at the Informal meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the mandate on children and armed conflict 8 February 2017 Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General, Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General […]

Informal meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

Twenty years ago, on 12 December 1996, the General Assembly adopted the landmark resolution 51/77 which created the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

In two decades, this General Assembly mandate has led to positive changes in the lives of children growing up in countries affected by war, including the release and reintegration of tens of thousands of child soldiers and increased accountability for perpetrators.

The 2030 Agenda envisages a world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation.

On 8 February, UN GA President Peter Thomson will organize an informal meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the mandate on Children and Armed Conflict and to reflect on the progress achieved as well as to discuss challenges and ways to strengthen the protection of children in armed conflict including in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

PROGRAMME

10 – 10:30AM

OPENING [Trusteeship Council Chamber]

H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly
Minute of silence in remembrance of the victims of enforced disappearances
Ms. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on behalf of the Secretary-General H.E. António Guterres
Twenty Years for Children: video prepared by the Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

10:30AM – 11:30AM

PANEL DISCUSSION [Trusteeship Council Chamber]

MODERATOR

Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Emmanuel Decaux

PANELISTS

H.E. Ambassador Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, Chair of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict
Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF
Mr. Miroslav Jenca, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs
Mr. EI Ghassim Wane, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Ms. Ilwad Elman, Director of Programs and Development, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Somalia
Video message of Mr. Forest Whitaker, Artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation and SDG Advocate

11.30AM – 1PM

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION [Trusteeship Council Chamber]

Presentations of the panellists will be followed by interventions from Member States, Observers, UN system and civil society.

 

Programme [31 January 2017]

FORMAT

The format of the panel will be interactive and involve different stakeholders. After panelist presentations, Member States, Observers, the UN system and civil society will be given the floor for an interactive discussion. Interventions from the floor. should not exceed 3 minutes. There will be no advance list of speakers.