Preventing the Recruitment of Child Soldiers
Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Chair: Richard Clarke, Director, Child Soldiers International
Ten years ago, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to take action against the use of children in armed conflict. Despite this effort, children continue to be recruited into government and opposition armed forces around the world. Currently eight government security forces, including Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan and South Sudan, have been identified for their continued recruitment and use of children in conflict.
The speaker will discuss the recently launched United Nations initiative, Children, Not Soldiers and will outline the course of action required by the UN, international partners and the respective governments to ensure the urgent release and reintegration of children into civilian life by the end of 2016.