LISD Holds Workshop Addressing Child Protection in Conflict Mediation, Publishes Child Protection Checklist

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and the NGO Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict convened a workshop, "Addressing Child Protection in Conflict Mediation," on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at the Princeton Club of New York. This was the second LISD-Watchlist workshop focusing specifically on promoting child protection in conflict mediation. The objective of the workshop was to reconvene mediation and children and armed conflict (CAAC) experts to continue conversations begun at a July 2014 workshop, with the goal of taking the first steps toward developing a tool for mediators to better integrate child protection provisions in ceasefires and peace agreements. Participation in the workshop was by invitation only.

Workshop participants included mediation experts, child protection advisors and CAAC experts from within the UN system, representatives from the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, UN Member States and the Security Council, NGO representatives including representatives from the Mediation Support Network, and academics. The workshop was organized into two working sessions focusing on the development of a child protection "checklist," a guidance tool for mediators in the field. During these working sessions, participants working in small groups identified entry points during peace negotiations and the crafting of peace agreements where CAAC issues could be raised, as well as specific ways in which child protection can be addressed at the start of peace negotiations so that they carry through effectively into a variety of post-conflict scenarios and programs including DDR, justice and reconciliation, and refugee and IDP returns.

The child protection checklist developed from these workshop discussions is available online via the UN Peacemaker website.