UN / CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT

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Presenting the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, UN Special Representative Virginia Gamba said, “children can no longer be the last priority of the international agenda nor the least protected group of individuals in the planet. We need to give children an alternative to violence and abuse.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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21 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and Under-Secretary-General:
“Children can no longer be the last priority of the international agenda nor the least protected group of individuals in the planet. We need to give children an alternative to violence and abuse.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and
Under-Secretary-General:
“It is tragic to know that the report is being published at a time of extreme suffering for children given the many setbacks on democratic processes in some countries on the CAC agenda at the beginning of this year and the rise in violence between parties to conflict, all of which, I fear, will undo much of the progress on this docket that have been laboriously pursued in many conflict affected countries in the past years.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and Under-Secretary-General:
“The Israeli and the Palestinian children, they don’t deserve this. They really don’t. And I think that at some point, what has to prime is dialogue and the protection of children. And it has to happen. Because I don’t think the Israeli children, the Palestinian children, will go quietly into the night. We have to protect the children. There is no two ways about it. There has to be a peaceful solution to this situation.”
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict and Under-Secretary-General:
“If you halve the violations and you double the releases and the reintegration on the peace dividend, it will come a time when it’s a flatline and it will have stopped. And I believe it is possible to do. But you need to have authorities that transcend politics. You must look at leadership that puts peace and children in the middle, and I don’t see that happening almost anywhere.”
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Presenting the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, UN Special Representative Virginia Gamba said, “children can no longer be the last priority of the international agenda nor the least protected group of individuals in the planet. We need to give children an alternative to violence and abuse.”

Noting that the Report covers the period from January to December 2020, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Virginia Gamba said, “it is tragic to know that the report is being published at a time of extreme suffering for children given the many setbacks on democratic processes in some countries on the CAC (Children and Armed Conflict) agenda at the beginning of this year and the rise in violence between parties to conflict, all of which, I fear, will undo much of the progress on this docket that have been laboriously pursued in many conflict affected countries in the past years.”

Asked about the situation of children in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Special Representative said, “the Israeli and the Palestinian children, they don’t deserve this. They really don’t. And I think that at some point, what has to prime is dialogue and the protection of children. And it has to happen. Because I don’t think the Israeli children, the Palestinian children, will go quietly into the night. We have to protect the children. There is no two ways about it. There has to be a peaceful solution to this situation.”

Gamba said, “if you halve the violations and you double the releases and the reintegration on the peace dividend, it will come a time when it’s a flatline and it will have stopped,” but added that “you need to have authorities that transcend politics. You must look at leadership that puts peace and children in the middle, and I don’t see that happening almost anywhere.”

The Report indicates that in 2020, the situation of children in armed conflict was marked by a sustained high number of grave violations. The United Nations verified 23,946 grave violations committed in 2020. Violations affected 19,379 children (14,097 boys, 4,993 girls, 289 sex unknown) in 21 situations. The highest numbers of violations were the recruitment and use of 8,521 children, followed by the killing (2,674) and maiming (5,748) of 8,422 children and 4,156 incidents of denial of humanitarian access.

The highest numbers of grave violations were verified in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, the Syrian Arab Republic, and Yemen.
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