November 2017 – On October 31, 2017, the UN Security Council held an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) under the Presidency of France. The debate followed the publication of the Secretary-General’s 16th Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict (A/72/361–S/2017/821), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2016. The Council adopted a Presidential Statement (S/PRST/2017/21) as the outcome document.
Seventy-seven Delegations, representing 100 countries intervened at the Open Debate. The following themes were most prominently discussed in the delegations’ statements:
1) calls for better accountability for all perpetrators of child rights violations, including for recruitment and use and attacks on schools;
2) calls for more effective monitoring, reporting, and response on the ground, including on detention of children for their association with armed forces and armed groups;
3) calls for ensuring accurate and credible listing of perpetrators of the six grave violations, based on impartial evidence-based reporting; and
4) calls for effective implementation and signing of more UN action plans with armed forces and groups listed in the annexes of the SG’s annual reports on CAC.