N'Djamena Child Soldiers Conference
A regional conference on “Ending Recruitment and Use of Children in Armed Forces and Groups: Contributing to Peace, Justice and Development” is hosted by the Government of Chad and UNICEF in N’Djamena, Chad from 7 to 9 June 2010.
Among the participating countries are Chad, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger.
Promoting peace in Central Africa
The Conference follows the announcement on 25 May 2010 of a two year campaign calling for the universal ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on protection for children in armed conflict (OPAC).
As of June 2010, Chad and Sudan have signed and ratified the Optional Protocol (OPAC). Cameroon and Nigeria have signed, but have not yet ratified. Central African Republic and Niger have neither signed nor ratified.