New Report Focuses on Addressing Child Protection in Conflict Mediation

A new policy report, "Addressing Child Protection in Conflict Mediation" outlines strategies and actions that can be taken to promote child protection in peace processes. The report is the result of ongoing discussions started at a workshop co-sponsored by LISD and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, with support from the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, held at the Princeton Club of New York in July 2014.

The day-long July 2014 workshop was comprised of two working sessions. The first session provided participants with an overview of the latest developments in the fields of child protection and mediation. The second session offered an exchange of participants’ practical experiences at the intersection of child protection and mediation and/or dialogue. The workshop brought together representatives of United Nations member states, including members of the Security Council, United Nations Offices including the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC), Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), NGOs, and academics. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, opened the workshop with a keynote address.

This meeting was the third Children and Armed Conflict workshop convened by LISD, Watchlist, and the Mission of Liechtenstein.