On 7 March 2014, the Security Council held an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict under the Luxembourg Presidency. This was the first of two thematic debates on Children and Armed Conflict scheduled to take place in 2014. The second Open Debate is expected to occur in the months following the 13th Annual Report of the Secretary-General (SG) on Children and Armed Conflict, which is expected to be published in June.
The Security Council has succeeded in creating a strong normative framework for the protection of children in armed conflict. However, more remains to be done to ensure that children’s rights are protected in situations of armed conflict, and that parties to conflict who commit grave violations against children are held to account.