UN / CHILDREN ARMED CONFLICT

12-Feb-2020 00:03:43
Speaking today at a Security Council meeting about children in armed conflict, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, “it is our fundamental duty as leaders to do everything in our power to protect children, our future, from the chaos and madness of wars that have nothing to do with them.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CHILDREN ARMED CONFLICT
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DATELINE: 12 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 FEBRUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“It is our fundamental duty as leaders to do everything in our power to protect children, our future, from the chaos and madness of wars that have nothing to do with them. Together, we are beginning to make progress, but we need to continue on that path. I urge you to make it a priority for this Council.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The Guidance is based on principles that outlaw discrimination and put children’s interests first.
It provides the means to conduct a child rights-based analysis of conflict for mediators and negotiators. And it welcomes the involvement and participation of children, with appropriate support. By integrating specific measures to protect children into peace processes, we can achieve concrete results for children, and for peace.”
6.Wide shot, Security Council
7.SOUNDBITE (French) His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians:
“To save these children, it requires steadfast political will, this requires concerted efforts for prevention and mediation, and this requires continuous mobilization of both human and financial resources. It is our duty to help these children to recover and to help them thrive. It is our duty to rekindle their hope and to help them reconcile themselves with life, by listening to them, by acknowledging their suffering and by helping reintegrate them into society through meaningful support.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9.SOUNDBITE (French) His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians:
“Every child has the right to grow up in a home and a safe nurturing environment. Every child has the right to the access to education, and high-quality instruction. Each time we extricate a child from war, each time we help a child to recover, each time we give a child the opportunity to return to school, these are dreams, once again become possible. This is a triumph of life; this is a reconciliation that we facilitate and perhaps a new conflict that we help to prevent.”
10.Wide shot, Security Council
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
“If guns are to be sustainably silenced in Africa, fundamental rights and liberties, including the rights and welfare of children, must be protected through the rule of law. This is one of the principles that underpins the African Peace and Security Architecture and the AU's efforts in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts in Africa.”
12.Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Jo Becker, Chair of the Advisory Board of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict
“Addressing the needs of conflict-affected children in peace processes in not just a moral and legal imperative. It is crucial for endurable peace. Our experiences with peace processes to date highlight some critical gaps. Peace agreements are mostly like to address the issue of child soldiers, but it often fails to address justice for child soldiers as victims or accountability for the leaders who recruit them. This failure contributes to impunity and continue cycles of recruitment and re-recruitment.”
14.Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Speaking today (12 Feb) at a Security Council meeting about children in armed conflict, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, “it is our fundamental duty as leaders to do everything in our power to protect children, our future, from the chaos and madness of wars that have nothing to do with them.”

The UN Chief noted that he is pleased to join the Council on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, and he briefed the Council on the Practical Guidance for mediators to protect children in situations of armed conflict.

He stated that he strongly encourages all Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, mediators and other actors involved in peace processes to make full use of this guidance and to circulate it widely, to achieve the greatest possible impact.

He said, “the Guidance is based on principles that outlaw discrimination and put children’s interests first. It provides the means to conduct a child rights-based analysis of conflict for mediators and negotiators.”

Guterres continued, “it welcomes the involvement and participation of children, with appropriate support. By integrating specific measures to protect children into peace processes, we can achieve concrete results for children, and for peace.”

His Majesty King Philippe of the Belgians also addressed the Security Council as his country is sitting on the Council’s presidency of the month. He said, “to save these children, it requires steadfast political will, this requires concerted efforts for prevention and mediation, and this requires continuous mobilization of both human and financial resources.”

His Majesty continued, “it is our duty to help these children to recover and to help them thrive. It is our duty to rekindle their hope and to help them reconcile themselves with life, by listening to them, by acknowledging their suffering and by helping reintegrate them into society through meaningful support.”

King Philippe reiterated, “every child has the right to grow up in a home and a safe nurturing environment. Every child has the right to the access to education, and high-quality instruction.”

He continued, “each time we extricate a child from war, each time we help a child to recover, each time we give a child the opportunity to return to school, these are dreams, once again become possible. This is a triumph of life; this is a reconciliation that we facilitate and perhaps a new conflict that we help to prevent.”

Smail Chergui, the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security addressed the Council via video, he noted that children must be indeed at the heart of all our efforts to prevent and resolve violent conflict, including concrete measures to avert and respond to all forms of abuse, neglect and exploitation. During peace negotiations, the best interest of children must be the first priority and deriving decisions should not add any violence on them.

He also said, “if guns are to be sustainably silenced in Africa, fundamental rights and liberties, including the rights and welfare of children, must be protected through the rule of law. This is one of the principles that underpins the African Peace and Security Architecture and the AU's efforts in preventing, managing and resolving conflicts in Africa.”

Jo Becker, the Chair of the Advisory Board of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict told the Council, “addressing the needs of conflict-affected children in peace processes in not just a moral and legal imperative.”

She reiterated, “it is crucial for endurable peace. Our experiences with peace processes to date highlight some critical gaps. Peace agreements are mostly like to address the issue of child soldiers, but it often fails to address justice for child soldiers as victims or accountability for the leaders who recruit them. This failure contributes to impunity and continue cycles of recruitment and re-recruitment.”
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