Children and Armed Conflict Report
The United Nations has verified more 21,000 violations committed against children in 2017. The United Nations has reliable reports of more than 10,000 children killed or maimed in armed conflict last year. The Secretary-General is outraged at this number, a significant increase compared to previous years and documented in his Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict published today. Children are also affected by other verified violations, including the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and armed groups, sexual violence and attacks on schools and hospitals.
Boys and girls have once again been overly impacted by protracted and new violent crisis. Despite some progress, the level of violations remains unacceptable.
The Secretary-General reiterates that the best way to address this horrific situation is to promote peaceful solutions to conflicts. He calls on all parties to exert maximum efforts in this regard.
The Secretary-General reminds parties to conflict of their responsibility to protect children, in line with international humanitarian and human rights laws. He calls on all parties to conflict to engage with the United Nations to develop concrete measures to end and prevent grave violations against children and to provide support and relief to affected children.
Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 27 June 2018
You can read the report online
UNIC Canberra hosted a briefing by Björn Andersson, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, and his colleague, Bruce Campbell, Director and Representative of the UNFPA Pacific Sub-Regional Office, on the important work their agency is undertaking in the region.
In answer to questions following the announcement by the United States of its decision to withdraw from the Human Rights Council, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General has the following to say:
The Secretary-General would have much preferred for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council. The UN’s Human Rights architecture plays a very important role in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.
Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General
New York, 19 June 2018
Nuku’alofa, 19 June 2018 – Officials from small island developing States in the Pacific region are meeting in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa to review progress in implementing the SAMOA Pathway*; the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS).
In declaring the meeting open this morning, the Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said “We are gathered here in Tonga at a critical juncture in terms of our common interests in the sustainable development of our islands. As we approach the 5th year since the world came together in Samoa in 2014 and endorsed the SAMOA Pathway, it is critical that we recall the mandate of the Conference . . . especially in light of related international and regional processes that have come to be, after the fact.”
For the first time, International Day of UN Peacekeepers was celebrated in Canberra at the new Peacekeepers Memorial on Anzac Parade. The service was held to mark the Day and specifically to honour the members of the various Australian police forces that had lost their lives while serving with the United Nations.
In delivering the Secretary-General’s message, on this the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping, the UNIC Director, acknowledged the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives, and the more than 3,700 blue helmets who paid the ultimate price.
Noting that United Nations peacekeeping is a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity he urged that each one of us commit to do all we can to enable that mission to succeed.
The UNIC Director visited Narrabundah College to meet with two classes of students studying international politics. The sessions included a presentation on the structure and work of the United Nations as well as a focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
The interactive sessions generated a wide range of questions from students, with many interested in the roles of countries at the UN, the functioning of the Security Council and the scope of the General Assembly’s work.
The students were also introduced to the SDGs and how they could individually contribute to reaching the Goals.
Pacific Small Island Developing States Preparatory Meeting for the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway
WHAT: The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga is hosting the Pacific small island developing States preparatory meeting for the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway from 19-21 June 2018.
The meeting is jointly organised by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Development Programme.
The SAMOA Pathway is the dedicated 10-year programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS) adopted at the Third International Conference on SIDS held in Apia, Samoa in 2014. Discussions at the upcoming Pacific regional meeting will contribute to ongoing dialogue on implementing the SAMOA Pathway as well as on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals. Regional meetings are taking place in 2018 followed by the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway in 2019.
WHERE: Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Terminal and Wharf Facility, Nuku’alofa
WHEN: 19-21 June 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for your presence.
I usually come before you to express deep concerns about unfolding developments and trends around the world.
Today, a bit of good news.
I want to address a promising development for global peace and security.
The world is closely watching what will take place in Singapore in a few hours’ time.
I commend the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States for pursuing a diplomatic solution.
I also thank all those who contributed to creating the conditions for this key moment.
The two leaders are seeking to break out of the dangerous cycle that created so much concern last year.