Ban calls protecting children in armed conflict a ‘moral call’

Protecting children in armed conflict is a moral issue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling for increased action to safeguard young people caught up in violence.

Chad, Central African Republic: UN envoy assesses impact of war on children

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict is visiting Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) to see first-hand the situation of war-impacted children in the two countries.

Ending conflicts must remain priority for UN and African Union – Ban Ki-moon

Preventing and resolving conflicts peacefully must remain high on the shared agenda of the United Nations and the African Union, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level Security Council meeting today at UN Headquarters, calling for deeper cooperation between the two institutions.

Ban Ki-moon outlines steps to bolster collaboration with regional organizations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a series of measures to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and regional organizations to address common peace and security challenges, recognizing the vital role they play in preventing and resolving crises.

UN officials express grave concern for schoolchildren amid Middle East violence

Following yesterday’s shooting in Jerusalem, which killed eight students, and the recent Israeli incursion in Gaza, which left 28 children dead and educational facilities damaged, United Nations officials today appealed for protection of schools and their young wards.

Time to punish parties who use or abuse children in armed conflicts – UN envoy

The Security Council must “take concrete and targeted measures” against those parties that persistently use or abuse children during armed conflicts around the world, the United Nations envoy on the issue said today, urging that well-meaning words be transformed into effective actions.

More effective strategies needed to prevent global conflicts – UN report

Despite a wide range of tools available to the United Nations in the areas of preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacebuilding, a new United Nations report calls for measures to boost the world body’s capacity to prevent conflicts.

Some 250,000 children worldwide recruited to fight in wars – UN official

While precise estimates are difficult to come by, some 250,000 children globally are being recruited to fight in armed conflicts in violation of international law, a United Nations official said today, reporting mixed progress in efforts to tackle the problem.