On June 26, 2024, the Security Council will hold its open debate on children and armed conflict (CAAC), under the Republic of Korea’s presidency. The Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC) will present the Secretary-General’s (SG) 2024 annual report on CAAC (forthcoming), covering the period from January 1 to December 31, 2023.

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

  1. Strongly reiterate support for the UN’s CAAC agenda and demand increased compliance with international law and child protection norms;
  2. Strengthen the effective use of existing mechanisms and tools to monitor, report, and respond to grave violations; and
  3. Redouble efforts to prevent grave violations against children and protect their rights in war.

Read Watchlist’s Special Update for the June 2024 Open Debate.

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