The UN Struggles to Address Children in War Zones


Six years after the United Nations Security Council creating a working group to better address the needs of children caught in armed conflict, the body has had only limited impact.

According to a new UN report, the recommendations of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict are often left out of presentations and reports by the Secretary-General. The report points to Uganda and Somalia, where children are still used as soldiers, and Afghanistan, where attempts to get some of the group’s conclusions into resolutions about the mission there were met with “strong resistance.”

On a more positive note, the report notes more UN resolutions in 2010 that acknowledged the problem of sexual violence against women and girls in conflict zones.

Download the report here.

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