February 2018 – This note continues Watchlist’s practice of providing updated analyses of the working methods of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. It examines and identifies trends over the first 10 years of the Working Group’s existence, 2006 – 2016, in (1) the use of the Working Group’s toolkit and (2) the time taken to adopt country-specific conclusions. This year, the note includes key insights on toolkit usage and adoption time from former participants in the Working Group, including chairs, as well as UN agencies and NGOs engaged with the UN’s children and armed conflict agenda. The note also offers recommendations for further strengthening the working methods of the Working Group in relation to both the use of the toolkit and the adoption time of conclusions.

Read Watchlist’s Working Methods 2006 – 2016.