Five countries endorse 'Paris Commitments' to end use of child soldiers

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Five countries on Monday endorsed the 'Paris Commitments' to end the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups.

The announcement was made in New York as Ministers gathered at UN headquarters on the fifth anniversary of the international conference known as 'Free Children from War.'

The Paris Commitments were adopted at that conference hosted by the French government and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Paris.

The five countries that have endorsed the Commitments are Bolivia, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Kuwait and Yemen, bringing the total number of endorsements to 105 Member States.

Ambassador Francois Zimeray of France, which co-hosted the forum, made the announcement of the new members of the Paris Commitments.

"These new members, as well as the progression of the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child regarding the involvement of children in armed conflicts, 150 parties to this day, which is nine more than in 2011, illustrates the increasingly strong mobilization of the international community to improve the lives of children associated with armed conflicts as highlighted in the various UN reports on children in armed conflicts." (Duration: 28")

Ambassador Zimeray said the international community must continue to intensify its efforts to tackle violations of children's rights and violence against children which persist around the world.

France co-hosted the forum with UNICEF and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'38"

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