Action Plans: Best Practices from African States – SRSG Gamba’s Speech

Statement by Ms. Virginia Gamba, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict at the Open Arria Formula Meeting on Action Plans: Best Practices from African States

Excellencies, Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Allow me first to thank the Permanent Representative of Poland, Ambassador Wronecka, as well as Cote D’Ivoire, France and Sweden for organizing this discussion and for gathering us today to share experiences with the implementation of Action Plans to end and prevent grave violations against children.

Twenty year ago – almost to this day, the Security Council’s historic engagement on children and armed conflict formally began with a first open debate. On that day, my predecessor, Olara Otunnu, asked the council to “lead the way by sending forth a clear message that the targeting,…

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