Each year, the Security Council hosts an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict following the publication of the Secretary-General’s annual report. United Nations officials, Security Council members, and other interested Member States and Observers have the opportunity to address the Council. Thematic resolutions or Presidential statements on children and armed conflict frequently are issued during these Open Debates.
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict conducts targeted advocacy around the Open Debates, seeking to influence country statements and outcome documents with the goal of ensuring maximum protection of children affected by armed conflict. Watchlist also provides reports analyzing the outcomes of the Open Debates. Watchlist advocacy materials, reports and other relevant documents are provided below.