Watchlist achieved major advocacy successes throughout 2015. Following the publication of the briefing note Expanding the UN’s Children and Armed Conflict Agenda, highlighting abductions of children, UN Security Council Members unanimously adopted Resolution 2225, which expanded the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism’s listing criteria to include abductions. Watchlist’s call for a policy to ban states placed on the Secretary-General’s “list of shame” from contributing troops to peacekeeping operations was taken up by the UN following the media coverage of peacekeepers’ behavior in CAR. In September 2015, Watchlist published a report on the challenges facing children’s access to education in CAR. As a result, the transitional government of CAR responded to the call of Watchlist, the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, and other partners to strengthen the safety of schools, students, and teachers by adopting the Safe Schools Declaration.

Read more in Watchlist’s 2015 Annual Report.