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Machel Study: Ten years on

10 years after groundbreaking report on children affected by armed conflict, progress and difficulties

17 October Events Marking Machel Strategic Review
“Children and Conflict in a Changing World”

Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC)
Ms. Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. Hilde Frafjord Johnson - Deputy Executive Director
Mr. Ishmael Beah, youth activist and author of ‘Long Way Gone’
Children from conflict-affected countries

WHEN: 17 October 2007

A series of events highlighting the Machel Strategic Review+10 report launch
• Noon briefing of the Spokesman of the Secretary-General:
 With Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, Hilde Frafjord Johnson - Deputy Executive Director and Ishmael Beah 12:30 -1:30

• Side Event: Launch of Youth Report:
Children from countries affected by conflict will present their report, “Will you listen? Young voices from Conflict Zones” Co-chaired by the Government of Norway, SRSG-  CAAC, UNFPA and UNICEF. (1:30-2:30 in UN Conference Room 1)

• Photo op: 
With SRSG, UNFPA, UNICEF, children (2:45 – 2:50 Outside Conference Room One)

• Formal presentation to the General Assembly:
 The Machel Strategic Review report will be presented to the Third Committee of the  General Assembly.  Radhika Coomaraswamy, Ann Veneman and Ishmael Beah will  address the Third Committee.
( 3:00 – 6:00 in UN Conference Room 1)

• Reception:
 Co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada, the SRSG-CAAC, and UNICEF.
 (17 October 2007, 6:00 – 8:00 in the Delegates Dining Room –UN Secretariat 4th floor)
WHY: Ten years ago the original landmark Machel study alerted the world to the brutal realities faced by all children living in situations of armed conflict. The report to be released reviews and highlights the changing and devastating impact of conflicts on children.  In addition, young people from conflict zones have prepared a report "Will you listen? Young Voices from Conflict Zones," that illustrates the impact that war and conflict has had on their lives.  This report will be presented in a special event by youth from conflict-affected countries.

To read the both reports and for more information, please visit:  www.un.org/conflict/machel

Attn. broadcasters:  Video footage is available free of charge at www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Laurence Gerard, SRSG on Children in Armed Conflict, + 212 963 0984, gerardl@un.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media NY, Tel: +212 326 7452, kdonovan@unicef.org





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