Policy Report Focuses on Priorities for the UN in Protecting Children in Armed Conflict

A new LISD policy report, "Priorities for the UN's Children and Armed Conflict Agenda," addresses how the United Nations can better implement its Children and Armed Conflict agenda. The report, co-issued with the NGO Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, makes recommendations related to issues ranging from the internal workings of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, to better implementation of child protection in peacekeeping operations and better implementation of child-related resolutions such as those meant to prevent attacks on schools and hospitals. The report is the result of a workshop co-sponsored by LISD and tWatchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, held at Princeton University on December 12-13, 2016. This is the third such policy workshop held at Princeton since 2013, aimed at bringing together international policymakers to discuss specific, concrete, and targeted actions that can be taken within the the UN Security Council’s child protection framework.

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.