Watchlist Policy Report – 2004

In April 2004, the UN Security Council requested the Secretary-General “to devise urgently and preferably within three months, an action plan for a systematic and comprehensive monitoring and reporting mechanism.”This paper presents a practical and detailed Action Plan for a system that would enable the Security Council, the Secretary-General and all others obligated to protect effectively the security and rights of children in armed conflicts to monitor, document and respond to violations. This Action Plan addresses various activities that must be carried out at the local, country, regional and international levels and the actors that will carry out this work. Therefore, the primary audience for this paper is the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, member states, UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society organizations.

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