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01-Jul-2019 00:01:37
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18. UNIFEED /UNTV CH
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SOURCE: UNIFEED / UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 1 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / 29 JUNE 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior, UN Headquarters

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2. Wide shot, press room
3. Various shots, reporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The United Nations has signed its first action plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in Syria. This action plan signed with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of armed opposition groups, is the result of months of engagement. A dialogue was initiated following the listing by the Secretary-General of one of their members, the People’s Protection Unit (most commonly known as the YPG/YPJ).”
5. Wide shot, press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Through this Action Plan, the SDF has committed to ending and preventing the recruitment; identify and release boys and girls currently within its ranks and to put in place preventative, protection and disciplinary measures related to child recruitment and use.”

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7. Various shots, Gamba and Gen. Abdi signing
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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) signed an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18.

The Force Commander of the SDF, General Mazloum Abdi, signed on behalf of the SDF and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, signed on behalf of the United Nations during an official ceremony at the Palais des Nations on June 29th, 2019.

The Action Plan follows the listing of the People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPJ) for the recruitment and use of children in the Secretary-General’s annual report on Children and Armed Conflict; the YPG/YPJ operates under the command of the SDF.

“The United Nations has signed its first action plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in Syria,” said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric in New York on Monday (1 Jul). “Through this Action Plan, the SDF has committed to ending and preventing the recruitment; identify and release boys and girls currently within its ranks and to put in place preventative, protection and disciplinary measures related to child recruitment and use.”

The signature of the Action Plan is the result of months of engagement between the United Nations and the Syrian Democratic Forces, in close consultation with the Special Representative Gamba, who commended the work of child protection partners on the ground, noting that the context in Syria remains one of the direst amongst the countries on her agenda with appalling consequences for children.

The Special Representative highlighted the importance of Actions Plans to engage with parties to conflict, a strong tool of the CAAC mandate since 2003, per Security Council Resolution 1460. As the conflict is continuing in its ninth year, Gamba urged all parties to work towards a political solution in accordance with UN Security Council resolution 2254 (2015) to bring sustainable peace to the country, as this remains the best option to prevent grave violations against children.
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