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Protect children in armed conflict

Statement by Ambassador Mona Juul at launch of the Practical guidance for mediators to protect children in situations of armed conflict, 12 February 2020.

As we have heard today, violations against children during armed conflict have an immediate, detrimental, impact on the child itself, but also their communities.

Undermining longer-term prospects of reconciliation, reintegration and development.

Having served as a mediator in a number of peace processes, Norway has seen that children’s rights are essential to community stability and development, but are often forgotten.

Therefore, we recognise the true benefit of the “practical guidance” launched today.

Particularly through its provision of concrete text proposals for peace agreements. This will be of great assistance to mediators.

As well as its focus on conflict analysis, and the overarching view that children and youth are not only victims, but individuals that must be heard, and take part in an inclusive process.

I’d also like to reiterate our strong support for SRSG Gamba, who has an essential advocacy role on the global, regional and national levels.

Norway is pleased to add our voice today, and we now look forward to the Practical guidance being applied in mediation efforts to advance the rights of children.

Thank you.