The United Nations General Assembly’s Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee or the ‘Third Committee’ attends to a range of agenda items regarding social, humanitarian and human rights issues affecting people worldwide. On 16-18 October 2013, the committee’s item on the Rights of the Child was considered. Ms. Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative to the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAC) participated in a panel on promotion and protection of the rights of children. In her speech, the Special Representative outlined grave violations children in places like Syria and Central African Republic are currently facing, and stressed the importance of partnerships and complementarity of mandates across UN agencies and regional actors crucial for making a difference in children’s lives. The SRSG noted the progress to-date in the governments’ cooperation to sign the Action Plans for ending recruitment and use of children in specific situations of armed conflict, and announced her global campaign to end recruitment and use by 2016 specifically aimed at the governments that are committed to ending this practice on their soil.