LISD Convenes Workshop on Children and Armed Conflict

On December 12-13, 2016, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination together with Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict convened a workshop on Children and Armed Conflict, "Priorities for the UN's Children and Armed Conflict Agenda." This is the third such policy workshop held at Princeton since 2013, aimed at bringing together international policy-makers to discuss specific, concrete, and targeted actions that can be taken within the framework of the UN Security Council’s Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) agenda. A final report of the workshop will be published. 

This workshop served as a convening space for incoming members of the UN Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, to be chaired by Sweden in 2017-2018, with a focus on agenda-setting for the Working Group. Established by Security Council Resolution 1612 in 2005, the Security Council Working Group is a central driver of the CAC agenda implementation. It is mandated to review the Secretary-General’s country-specific reports produced by the UN-led MRM and adopt conclusions with recommendations on the basis of those reports. It also reviews progress on action plan development and implementation, and recommends other measures to promote child protection throughout the UN system, such as through stronger peacekeeping mandates. 

The day-long workshop consisted of three working sessions: (1) a CAC agenda update, (2) the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, and (3) a thematic discussion on addressing attacks on education and health care in armed conflict. A wrap-up session will summarize the findings and recommendations of the workshop and will consider how these recommendations could be taken forward in 2017-2018, particularly in the context of the Security Council’s thematic debates on Children and Armed Conflict, in the Working Group’s consideration of country-specific situations, and throughout its other activities. A public panel, "Children in the Crossfire: Stopping Attacks on Schools and Hospitals," was held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, in 016 Robertson Hall at the close of the private portion of the meeting. 

Participants and panelists included representatives of UN Security Council Missions, other UN Member States, relevant UN departments and offices such as DPKO, UNICEF and the Department of Political Affairs, and civil society.