(ReliefWeb) – The European Union’s Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) provides further support to the Commission’s Children of Peace initiative, which assists children affected by conflict and crisis situations. The present HIP is in accordance with the Commission Communication “A Special Place for Children in EU External Action” (2008) and its accompanying Staff Working Document on Children in Emergency and Crisis Situations in which education in emergencies and child soldiers are among the three focal issues, alongside emphasis on separated and unaccompanied children and children associated with armed forces or armed groups. It will also help the Commission to contribute to the implementation of the EU Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict (adopted in 2003 and revised in 2008).