UN / CHILDREN ARMED CONFLICT

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Launching the ACT to Protect campaign, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, said consensus tools such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child “could not bring the change we need if they are not followed by tangible actions for the children who need it the most.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 02 APRIL 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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2. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict:
“Our common work has helped create an international consensus that grave violations against children in times of war are simply unacceptable. We also have effective tools created by the international community to act. This is important progress, but the campaign I am launching today aims to remind everyone that our work is far from over. Consensus tools will not bring the change we need if they are not followed by tangible actions for the children who need it the most.”
4. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict:
“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, let’s not forget that these optional protocols, notably the optional protocol. OPAC, still haven’t reached universal ratification. Let’s aim to work together this year to get as many new commitments as possible.”
6. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
“Armed groups are proliferating, and grave child rights violations are increasing. The ACT campaign and our commitment to its message, is of vital importance to keep the eyes of the world focused on otherwise invisible children.”
8. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers

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Launching the ACT to Protect campaign, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, said consensus tools such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child “could not bring the change we need if they are not followed by tangible actions for the children who need it the most.”

The new initiative aims to generate greater awareness and action to improve the protection of children affected by armed conflict.

It will include advocacy to reach universal ratification or endorsement of international agreements such as the Optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Paris Principles, Safe Schools Declaration and Vancouver Principles.

Gamba said, “as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, let’s not forget that these optional protocols, notably the optional protocol. OPAC, still haven’t reached universal ratification. Let’s aim to work together this year to get as many new commitments as possible.”

Over the next three years, the campaign will seek to strengthen collaboration between the United Nations, civil society and the international community to support actions designed to end and prevent grave violations committed against children in times of conflict.

The Head of UN peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said, “armed groups are proliferating, and grave child rights violations are increasing. The ACT campaign and our commitment to its message, is of vital importance to keep the eyes of the world focused on otherwise invisible children.”

The campaign will also push for full implementation of existing Action Plans signed between the United Nations and parties to conflict, as well as stronger engagement with other listed parties to conflict to generate additional Action Plans and commitments to end violations.
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