Official visit in Luxembourg by Ms Leila Zerrougui, SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms Leila Zerrougui, was on an official visit to Luxembourg on 16 and 17 May 2013.
Luxembourg has been chairing the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict since January 1st, 2013 and the visit of the Special Representative allowed an in-depth exchange on this topic, which has been a long-standing priority for Luxembourg.
During her visit, the Special Representative met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn, on 16th May 2013, exchanging in particular on the situation of children in Mali, in the Central African Republic, in Chad and in Syria. Minister Asselborn stressed that children are often the first victims of conflicts and suffer from grave violations and abuses of their rights on a daily basis. He underlined the urgency of protecting children affected by armed conflict.
Ms Zerrougui also met with the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Marc Spautz, as well as with the Consultative Commission on Human Rights, the Luxembourg Commission on Children’s rights and representatives from civil society and non-governmental organisations.
At the meeting with H.R.H. the Grand-Duchess of Luxembourg, a UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, the reintegration of children formerly associated with armed forces and groups was discussed.
The visit of Ms Zerrougui was concluded with a conference at the University of Luxembourg in the course of which the Special Representative recalled the achievements and challenges of protecting children affected by armed conflict since the establishment of her mandate by the General Assembly in 1996.