Use of child soldiers continues in Myanmar and Burundi, says top UN official

Despite calls to stop the abominable practice, children continue to be recruited and used as child soldiers in Myanmar and Burundi, according to the United Nations envoy for children in armed conflict who has just presented two new reports on the issue.

Ban Ki-moon calls for Security Council working group on protection of civilians

Deploring the “dreadful toll” that civilians continue to pay in armed conflicts around the world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Security Council to establish a working group dedicated to improving protection for civilians in such situations.

Ban Ki-moon calls for greater protection of civilians affected by conflict

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the protection of civilians in armed conflict must remain an absolute priority, noting that even though the number of hostilities around the world has decreased, millions of men, women and children continue to bear the brunt of war.

UN body urges end to use of child soldiers in Uganda and Somalia

The Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict today adopted recommendations regarding children in armed conflict in Uganda and Somalia, as well as examining recent reports by the Secretary-General on the situation in Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Secretary-General urges greater protection for children in Chad, DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater protection for children caught up in armed conflict in the African nations of Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in two reports made public today.

UNICEF condemns attacks on schoolchildren in conflict areas

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today condemned continuing attacks on schoolchildren and educational facilities in conflict zones around the world, citing recent incidents in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Security Council spotlights nexus between natural resources and conflict

The exploitation of natural resources from diamonds to timber can trigger or fuel conflicts but their effective management can also contribute to post-conflict recovery, the Security Council said today.

Security Council urges greater protection of civilians in armed conflict

The United Nations Security Council today called for greater protection for civilians, who continue to account for the majority of casualties in situations of armed conflict.

Security Council working group urges action to demobilize child soldiers

The United Nations Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has demanded that the parties in Sri Lanka and Nepal demobilize all child soldiers without delay, as it also examined new reports on children caught up in fighting in Uganda and Somalia.

Children bear brunt of conflict in Middle East, top UN official says

Returning from a two-week mission to Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, the top United Nations envoy on children and armed conflict today said that children bear the brunt of the conflict.