On 7-8 February 2013, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict together with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and the Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination at Princeton University hosted a workshop on Children and Armed Conflict: How to Deal with Persistent Perpetrators? The Workshop comprised both public and private sessions. Public sessions held on 7 February designed to raise awareness of children and armed conflict included a screening of the short film “Ana’s Playground”, followed by a discussion on the roles of the United Nations and NGOs in protecting the rights of children affected by armed conflict. The private sessions allowed experts to discuss and to elaborate recommendations for improving UN action to protect children affected by armed conflict.
On 15 March 2013, the “Report of the Workshop on Children and Armed Conflict: How to deal with Persistent Perpetrators?” was issued as an official United Nations document, A/67/694-S/2013/158. The report was submitted to the United Nations by the workshop’s co-organizer, the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein, and it was launched at a meeting on UN premises on 21 March 2013. The report provides an overview of the discussions which took place at the workshop, held at Princeton University on 8 February 2013, and it offers 22 recommendations to the Security Council, its Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, Member States and the UN Secretariat for addressing persistent perpetrators of violations against children and for mainstreaming the protection of children affected by armed conflict in the Security Council’s country-specific work.