On April 23, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 10th annual report on children and armed conflict to the UN Security Council. Among other recommendations, the Secretary-General called on the Security Council to expand “the gateway to the annexes of [his] report [on children and armed conflict] to include parties that attack schools and/or hospitals”. The annexes of the Secretary-General’s report feature a “list of shame”, showing, so far, the names of parties to armed conflicts who recruit and use child soldiers, engage in patterns of killing and maiming children and/or rape and sexual violence against children in situations of conflict.
Germany, currently chairing the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (Working Group), has made it a priority to enhance the protection against attacks on schools and hospitals (See Germany’s priorities in the Security Council 2011-2012) and has recently launched a campaign on this issue (“Protect my school”).
It is therefore expected that a new Security Council Resolution on children and armed conflict will be voted on at the occasion of the Security Council’s Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict in mid-July 2011.