On Friday 7 May at 2.00 PM EST, an informal virtual meeting „Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violations against children in situations of armed conflict” is organised by UN Security Council members Estonia, France, Ireland, Niger, Norway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, United Kingdom, the United States and Viet Nam, together with additional co-sponsors Belgium, Canada, Germany and Sweden.
The objective of the meeting is to assess, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact on grave violations against children affected by armed conflict: both the trends in violations that can be attributed to the pandemic, its impact on the capacity for monitoring these violations, as well as on the engagement with parties to conflict to end and prevent grave violations against children. It will also analyse the lessons learned and good practices for the future to ensure better protection of children.
The meeting will launch the study prepared by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict on the “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on violations against children in situations of armed conflict” (PDF).
The debate will be opened and chaired by the Permanent Representative of Estonia Ambassador Sven Jürgenson.
The meeting will take place on Friday 7 May 2021 via video conference at 2.00 PM (NYC time, EST). There will be statements by briefers and the UN Security Council members as well as by other UN member states. The meeting will be streamed live and is open to the public via UN WebTV, YouTube, Facebook and the homepage of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN.
The meeting will be held in English and no simultaneous interpretation is offered.
Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict
Khassim Diagne, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Protection and Operations, MONUSCO
Fiona Frazer, Chief of Human Rights Service, UNAMA
Manuel Fontaine, Director of Emergency Programmes, UNICEF
Philippe Adapoe, Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Save the Children