Workshop: Addressing Child Protection in Conflict Mediation
The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the NGO Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict will convene a workshop, "Addressing Child Protection in Conflict Mediation," on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Princeton Club of New York. This is the second LISD-Watchlist workshop focusing on promoting child protection in conflict mediation. The objective of this workshop is to re-convene mediation and children and armed conflict (CAC) experts to continue conversations focusing on how to best address child protection in peacemaking, with the goal of taking the first steps toward developing a tool for mediators to facilitate the integration of child protection provisions in ceasefires and peace agreements.
Workshop participants will include current and past mediation experts, child protection advisors and CAC experts from within the UN system, representatives from UN Member States and the Security Council, NGO representatives including representatives from the Mediation Support Network, and academics including representatives from the Academic Advisory Council on Mediation. The workshop is organized into two working sessions focusing on 1) identifying key areas of peace agreements where CAC is applicable and that guidance tools could potentially address, and 2) on elaborating on these focus areas in order to identify specific areas that a mediation checklist should cover. Following the workshop, a smaller technical working group will be established. This group will be tasked with the actual drafting of a checklist for mediators and their teams meant to provide guidance on incorporating CAC language and provisions in those areas of peace agreements identified in the workshop's first working session. A written first draft of the checklist will then be circulated to participants for comment and input, with follow-on workshops to finalize the materials.
Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.