The Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, comprised of all Security Council Members, was established by Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005). Its functions are:
- To review country reports of the UN Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism established by Resolution 1612 and adopt conclusions with recommendations in relation to particular situations;
- To review progress in the development and implementation of action plans to halt violations against children;
- To make re
- commendations to the Security Council on possible measures to promote the protection of children affected by armed conflict, including through recommendations on appropriate mandates for peacekeeping missions and recommendations with respect to the parties to the conflict;
- To address requests, as appropriate, to other bodies within the United Nations system for action with their respective mandates.
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, together with its partners, carries out targeted advocacy around the Working Group’s consideration of country reports with the aim of ensuring the most effective possible recommendations in the Working Group’s conclusions. For Watchlist advocacy in relation to specific country situations, click here.
Watchlist also periodically issues reports assessing trends in the performance of the Working Group, in terms of both its efficiency and its effectiveness, and providing recommendations for strengthening the Working Group’s working methods.