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How are we going to stop the war on children?
23 Sep 2019 -  The UN, through its Security Council Children and Armed Conflict Agenda, systematically reports violations against children's rights in situations of conflict. Twenty-three years since Graça Machel detailed the impact of armed conflict on children in the first ever study commissioned by the UN on this topic, children continue to be recruited and used by armed groups, killed and maimed, sexually exploited, abducted, and denied humanitarian aid, with their schools and hospitals attacked. With 420 million currently living in situations of conflict, there is an urgent need to intensify global action to stop what appears to be a war on children. The year 2019 symbolically marks the 100th anniversary of Save the Children, an international organization founded to respond to the plight of children affected by war. The time has come to accelerate action.
The high-level event provides a platform for the Heads of State and Governments to share their solutions for ending the grave violations against children in conflict. This includes concrete and practical measures they are taking, and are going to take, to stop the recruitment and use of children, killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian aid to children. With highest possible representation, both conflict-affected and non-conflict affected States are invited to participate.
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