(Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict) – At its fifty-fourth meeting, on 8 May 2015, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict agreed, in connection with the examination of the first report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in South Sudan (S/2014/884), to address the following message to all parties to the armed conflict in South Sudan, in particular the SPLA, the SPLA-IO and armed groups operating in their support such as the White Army, through a public statement by the Chair of the Working Group:

a. Strongly condemning all violations and abuses that continue to be committed against children in South Sudan by all parties to the armed conflict, reminding them of their obligations under applicable international law, and urging them to take all necessary measures to immediately end and prevent all such violations and abuses, including those involving the recruitment and use, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, abductions, attacks against schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access as well as the military use of schools in violation of applicable international law;