UN / CHILDREN ARMED CONFLICT

13-Feb-2023 00:03:14
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, told the Security Council that “understanding and identifying the pre-existing risks and vulnerabilities to children will be critical to protecting them and preventing violations of their rights once the conflict occurs.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CHILDREN ARMED CONFLICT
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

13 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
“Documenting and verifying violations and abuses has been the first critical step to understanding the situation of children in armed conflict on the ground. However, in face of continuous cycles of violence and conflict that are only becoming more intense, frequent, and complex, we are increasingly aware that understanding and identifying the pre-existing risks and vulnerabilities to children will be critical to protecting them and preventing violations of their rights once the conflict occurs.”
5. Wide shot, Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
“The United Nation’s Children and Armed Conflict agenda possesses a multitude of robust tools and initiatives developed at different levels for protecting children from grave violations in situations monitored through this agenda. Its strength has been dialogue with parties to conflict, with hundreds of commitments including 41 action plans having been put in place by warring parties to better protect children since the mandate’s inception.”
7. Wide shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
“But more needs to be done. There is opportunity to develop national-level strategies or common approaches to prevention, also at the subregional and regional levels and sufficient capacities should be provided to governments willing to engage in this direction. These would include sharing best practice for information exchange, and capacity building and follow up to existing protection and prevention commitments, including resolutions of this Council. It could also include a coordinated mapping of vulnerabilities on the ground in close collaboration with UN entities in countries or regions where such situations exist, possibly through deployable expertise.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children:
“Children who have no role in conflict suffer the most from its consequences. But this is not inevitable. Prevention of the six grave violations and their interlinked forms of violence is possible across the conflict continuum if: one, children’s pre-existing risks and vulnerabilities are identified and duly addressed before conflict erupts; two, the highest standards of protection including access to humanitarian aid and support for children are adhered to by all parties during conflict; and three, support and investment in rebuilding their lives is consistently provided after conflicts.”

11. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, today (13 Feb) told the Security Council that “understanding and identifying the pre-existing risks and vulnerabilities to children will be critical to protecting them and preventing violations of their rights once the conflict occurs.”

Addressing a Security Council briefing on the prevention of grave violations against children, Gamba said the United Nation’s Children and Armed Conflict agenda “possesses a multitude of robust tools and initiatives developed at different levels for protecting children from grave violations in situations monitored through this agenda.”

However, she stressed, “more needs to be done.”

Gamba said, “there is opportunity to develop national-level strategies or common approaches to prevention, also at the subregional and regional levels and sufficient capacities should be provided to governments willing to engage in this direction. These would include sharing best practice for information exchange, and capacity building and follow up to existing protection and prevention commitments, including resolutions of this Council. It could also include a coordinated mapping of vulnerabilities on the ground in close collaboration with UN entities in countries or regions where such situations exist, possibly through deployable expertise.”

Also addressing the Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Najat Maalla M’jid, said, “children who have no role in conflict suffer the most from its consequences. But this is not inevitable.”

Maalla M’jid said, “prevention of the six grave violations and their interlinked forms of violence is possible across the conflict continuum if: one, children’s pre-existing risks and vulnerabilities are identified and duly addressed before conflict erupts; two, the highest standards of protection including access to humanitarian aid and support for children are adhered to by all parties during conflict; and three, support and investment in rebuilding their lives is consistently provided after conflicts.”

Security Council resolution 2427, adopted unanimously on 9 July 2018, provided a framework for the prevention of grave violations against children in armed conflict situations.
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