Nearly twenty years ago, the world united to condemn and take action against the use of children in armed conflict. Since that time, thousands of children have been released as a result of action plans mandated by the UN Security Council aimed at ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children in conflict. Today, eight national security forces are listed for recruitment and use of children in the Annexes of the Annual Report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict.
Children, Not Soldiers
The campaign Children, Not Soldiers , jointly initiated by Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and UNICEF, seeks to galvanize support to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children by national security forces by 2016. The eight countries the campaign will support are :
Momentum is building and the goal is within reach. Join the Special Representative and UNICEF and find out what you can do to help reach this important goal.