Civilians still victims of violent conflict despite recent UN efforts, Annan says

Despite a sharper United Nations focus on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, civilians continue to suffer devastating “collateral damage,” as well as targeted violence, increasingly in the form of sexual abuse, forced displacement, terrorism and extreme economic deprivation, requiring ever-evolving protective mechanisms, the Security Council was told today.

Annan calls for updated Security Council framework for protecting civilians

With new challenges to the well-being of civilian populations arising from a new warfare, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for closer UN cooperation with regional organizations on the needs of "a culture of protection" and for the inclusion of civilian protections in the design of peacekeeping missions.

Security Council starts work on measures to protect children during war

A newly-formed Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, chaired by France, has started work on implementing a resolution approved in July to promote the rights of children affected by armed conflict anywhere in the world.

At UN-backed workshop, participants urge efforts to protect women in wartime

Five years after the adoption of a groundbreaking Security Council resolution on women in armed conflict, emissaries from some of the most war-ravaged parts of the world meeting at a United Nations-backed conference in Bucharest said more must be done to implement its provisions.

UN report urges action to enforce legal protections for children caught in war

A higher level of commitment and more effective collaboration between the United Nations and civil society will be needed to enforce the rights of war-affected children in a world where 2 million have been killed, 6 million injured and 250,000 brutally exploited over the past decade, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict said in a new report.

UNICEF salutes work of former UN expert on children in war

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today thanked the former UN expert on the challenges facing children during wars "for being an outspoken advocate for millions of children caught in conflict around the world."

Annan compliments departing Olara Otunnu for raising profile of children in war

With the Security Council having adopted a resolution to establish a monitoring and reporting mechanism on safeguarding children during armed conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today praised its architect, Ugandan-born Olara Otunnu, for raising the profile of UN child protection efforts.

UNICEF commends Security Council resolution on children in armed conflict

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has applauded the UN Security Council resolution that establishes a monitoring and reporting system for children affected by armed conflict.

UN Security Council approves mechanism to protect children in war

With 2 million children killed and 6 million injured in wars over the past decade, the United Nations Security Council, in a landmark resolution, today unanimously condemned the continued recruitment of child soldiers and approved setting up a mechanism for monitoring, reporting on and punishing those responsible.

Civil society meets at UN Headquarters tomorrow on ways to prevent conflict

Responding to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for input from the world at large on ways to build world peace, some 600 international civil society leaders will gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York tomorrow for a conference aimed at implementing a global agenda to prevent conflict, the first such meeting of its kind.