Children and Armed Conflict: unanimous adoption by Security Council of resolution 2143 (2014)
On Friday 7 March 2014, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the Security Council adopted unanimously resolution 2143 (2014) on Children and Armed conflict, in the context of an open debate under the Presidency of Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn. Along the 15 Members of the Security Council, 45 Member states signed up to participate in the open debate, which had the topic of "the full implementation of the agenda". Resolution 2143, co-sponsored by 47 delegations, underscores capacity building for better protection of children.
In his statement to the Security Council, Minister Asselborn referred to the dramatic examples of the situation of children in the conflict in Syria, as well as in the Central African Republic. The Minister underlined: "We must redouble our efforts to implement fully the 'Children and Armed Conflict' agenda. We must build on the shared conviction that children must not be recruited as soldiers, that they must not be killed or maimed, sexually abused or abducted." The Minister estimated that the resolution adopted by the Council was a testimony to the shared determination to end the violations and atrocities committed against children in armed conflict.
On the eve of the open debate, Minister Asselborn presided over the official launch of the "Children, Not Soldiers" campaign, launched by Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms Leila Zerrougui, in cooperation with UNICEF. The campaign aims to end, by 2016, the recruitment of children by the governmental forces listed in the annexes to the annual report of the Secretary-General. Luxembourg has been chairing the Security Council working group on Children and armed conflict since 2013 and actively supports the SRSG's campaign.