Greater gender parity a “win-win” for society

The United Nations is facing a battle when it comes to peacekeeping, but not one that involves weapons.

The organization continues to try to get countries to send more women soldiers and police officers to serve at its operations worldwide.

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Impunity leads perpetrators to continue child rights violations in DR Congo – UN report

The recruitment and use of children by armed groups remained endemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between 2010 and 2013, according to a new United Nations report, which cited impunity as a major factor in the ongoing abuses.

Top UN official pleased that Nepal and Philippines agreed to release child soldiers

A senior United Nations official today welcomed recent breakthroughs made in Nepal and the Philippines to release child soldiers.

Philippine rebels agree to stop fielding child soldiers, UN official says

An Islamic rebel group in the Philippines will stop recruiting child soldiers and return to civilian life those already in their ranks, according to an action plan announced by a United Nations official who wrapped up a five-day mission in the country today.

UNICEF urges Tamil Tigers to stop recruiting child soldiers in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today called on the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka to stop recruiting children as soldiers and to release those it already has back to civilian life.

New report by Annan names factions that recruit child soldiers

Rebel and government forces in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Somalia are among those named in a new report by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan that lists conflict areas where children are used as soldiers.

UNICEF calls for demobilization and reintegration of child soldiers

With up to one quarter of the world’s estimated 300,000 child soldiers serving in the East Asia and Pacific region, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today in Bangkok called for new and concerted efforts to demobilize and assist young conscripts.

Annan calls for action to end 'despicable' practice of conscripting children

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today urged action to combat the "despicable and damaging" practice of conscripting children for military service.

UNICEF calls for release of child soldiers by Ugandan rebel group

Concerned that renewed fighting could put thousands of youths on the front lines, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) called today for the immediate release of all children abducted in recent years by the Ugandan rebel group, LRA.

UN officials hail entry into force of ‘milestone’ accord on child soldiers

The entry into force of a new international legal instrument banning the use of children as soldiers was hailed as a milestone today by two senior United Nations officials concerned with children’s rights -- Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, and Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).