(OSRSG-CAAC) – The League of Arab States and the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict entered into an agreement today to strengthen the protection of children affected by armed conflict in the Arab world. The Cooperation Agreement was signed by Dr. Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jan Eliasson. “This agreement is an important step to ensure the protection of children in the Arab world,” said Dr. Nabil Elaraby. I welcome this initiative and look forward to working closely with the UN Special Representative USG Leila Zerrougui, to achieve our common goal: an Arab world where children – the future of our region – can grow up in peace.”