UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called on the Security Council to prioritize the prevention of child abuse in the armed conflict.
“The neglect of children’s rights in times of conflict and uprisings is shocking and heartbreaking,” Antonio Guterres said in a recent report to the Security Council on children in conflict.
In fact, by 2020, nearly 24,000 serious violations had been committed against 19,300 children in 21 conflict situations, according to the UN Secretary-General’s Office for Children in Armed Conflict. Under the Special Representative’s Annual Report.
According to the report, which covers 2020, the most widely verified violations include the recruitment and use of children in conflicts, the killing and decay of children and the denial of humanitarian access. In addition, new and deeply worrying trends have emerged: a rapid increase in the number of abducted children and sexual violence against minors.
“As we mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, its relevance is unfortunately clear and it is a proven tool for the protection of children around the world,” he said.
He assured the members of the Council that his Special Representative and the United Nations, civil society and other stakeholders on the ground would be fully mobilized in the first place to better protect children and prevent violations against them. To do this, they use all the tools provided by the 13 resolutions of this House to end and prevent child abuse.
“They monitor and document violations, liaise with parties to conflicts, and formulate action plans and obligations. They advocate for the release of children, providing technical and skills development assistance, and support for the group. This Council on Child and Armed Conflict” said.