In July, the UN Security Council will hold its open debate on children and armed conflict (CAAC), under Brazil’s presidency. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC) will present the Secretary-General’s (SG) 2022 annual report on CAAC (forthcoming), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2021.

In view of the upcoming open debate, Watchlist recommends that the Security Council and other UN Member States:

  1. Call for increased compliance with international humanitarian, human rights, and refugee law and child protection norms, and strengthen accountability for all grave violations against children;
  2. Strengthen effective use of existing mechanisms and tools to monitor, report, and respond to grave violations; and
  3. Prioritize the protection of the rights and well-being of children in armed conflict.

Read Watchlist’s Special Update for the July 2022 Open Debate.