This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mali and Somalia. The update also notes that in March, the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict is set to formally adopt the Afghanistan conclusions and receive the Secretary-General’s country specific report on Iraq. Watchlist is currently developing a policy briefing outlining key challenges and recommendations to inform the Working Group ahead of the Iraq conclusion negotiations.