Children and Armed Conflict: Luxembourg's MFA participates in Security Council Debate
On 17 June 2013, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Mr Jean Asselborn, participated in the Security Council debate on children and armed conflict, organised on the occasion of the publication of the 12th annual report by the UN Secretary-General. In his statement, Minister Asselborn recalled that over the last dozen years, the Council had adopted nine resolution and 11 statements on the issue of children and armed conflict, giving it suitable attention. Welcoming the establishment of this normative framework, the Minister underlined the importance of its implementation, In this context, he reiterated the necessity of an approach combining incentives and more coercive measures.
At the end of the debate, the Council adopted a presidential statement in which it lamented the large number of persistent perpetrators of violations and abuses against children in armed conflict and condemned these violations in the strongest terms. In this context, the Council welcomed the current review, in the Working Group chaired by Luxembourg, of "measures under consideration to increase pressure on persistent perpetrators of violations and abuses against children in armed conflict, following its resolutions 1998 (2011) and 2068 (2012)".