August 2016 – This Special Children and Armed Conflict Monthly Update provides recommendations to Member States ahead of the August 2 Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, held under the Presidency of Malaysia. At the Open Debate, the Secretary-General (SG) presented his annual report on children and armed conflict and its addendum to the UN Security Council pursuant to Resolution 2225 (2015), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2015. Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict recommended the UN Security Council and Member States to:

  1. Call for an accurate and credible listing of perpetrators of the six grave violations, based on impartial evidence-based reporting;
  2. Call for strengthened monitoring, reporting, and response to child rights violations on the ground;
  3. Call for successful implementation of existing UN action plans with armed forces and groups listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual reports on children and armed conflict; and
  4. Call for stronger protection of children’s rights within UN peacekeeping operations.

Read Watchlist’s Special Update for the August 2016 Open Debate.