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New countries to endorse the Paris Commitments and Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups

WHAT: 
France, UNICEF and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict are holding a forum that will welcome the endorsement of new countries that have signed on to the commitments. It also has three main objectives:  to assess the implementation of the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles, examine the need for additional funds to support proven prevention and reintegration programmes, and monitor and report on compliance by parties to armed conflict.
 
WHERE:
Conference Room 4, North Lawn Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York

WHEN:  
Monday, 27 September 2010, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

WHO: 
Included among the speakers are:

  • Mr. Bernard Kouchner, French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
  • Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
  • Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
  • Ms. Constance Thomas, Director of the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour of the ILO
  • Ms. Christine McCormick, Save the Children, Technical representative presenting on behalf of the Paris Principles Steering Group
  • Ms. Orla Guerin, BBC Pakistan Correspondent will moderate

WHY: 
Thousands of children continue to be recruited and used in different regions around the world by both government and rebel armed forces in situations of armed conflict and insecurity.  Adopted in 2007, the Paris Commitments to Protect Children from Unlawful Recruitment or Use by Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Commitments) and The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles) together consolidate global humanitarian knowledge and experience in working to prevent recruitment, protect children, support their release from armed groups and reintegrate them into civilian life.

Attention journalists:
To obtain a credential to attend the event, please visit:
http://www.un.org/media/accreditation/form/myform.asp

Attention broadcasters:  B-roll of the event will be available on thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information:
Rebecca Fordham, UNICEF HQ NY,
Tel + 212-326-7162,
rfordham@unicef.org

 


 

 

 

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