Luxembourg takes over the Presidency of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict
On the occasion of the beginning of Luxembourg's Chairing of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations organised a « passing the baton » ceremony on Wednesday 16 January 2013, in the presence of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms Leila Zerrougui, and numerous delegations, members of the UN Secretariat and civil society. Germany's Permanent Representative, Ambassador Peter Wittig, seized the occasion to present the best wishes for success of the outgoing German presidency to Ambassador Sylvie Lucas for her mandate.
In her address, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg recalled progress made under the German presidency, notably the adoption of resolutions 1998 and 2068 which allowed to widen and consolidate the normative framework relating to the protection of children in armed conflicts. Ambassador Lucas assured that the Luxembourg Presidency would resolutely work to pursue the efforts of the previous Presidencies to improve the protection of children affected by armed conflict.
On 18 January 2013, the Working Group of the Security Council met for the first time in its new configuration, to analyse the report of the Secretary General on the situation of child victims of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which SRSG Zerrougui had presented to the members of the Working Group. Although weakened since coordinated efforts by the countries of the subregion and the African Union, the LRA continues to rage in the crossborder region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and the Republic of South Sudan, committing grave violations against children.
The Working Group then heard the report of the SRSG on her recent activities, notably her travels to Yemen and Syria, as well as a current briefing on the situation in the Central African Republic following the recent crisis.