(Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack) – The Second International Conference on Safe Schools opening in Buenos Aires today will contribute to better safeguarding education in war-zones, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The two-day conference, hosted by Argentina’s Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, brings together state, international organization, and civil society representatives from around the world to discuss how to implement the Safe Schools Declaration.
The Declaration, which represents a political commitment to protect education from attack and schools and universities from military use during armed conflict, was drafted through a consultative process led by Norway and Argentina and opened for state endorsement at an international conference held in Oslo in May 2015. The Declaration has been endorsed by 62 states to date, with Belgium, the latest to join, announcing its endorsement at the Conference.