UNSC debates child protection in peace processes

Thursday, 2020-02-13 17:22:08
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Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy attends the meeting. (Photo: baoquocte.vn)
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NDO/VNA – Child protection is at the heart of the United Nations (UN)’s peace and security agenda and the core of conflict prevention efforts, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Speaking at a debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on how to protect children in situations of armed conflict in New York on February 12, Guterres emphasised the child protection as a starting point for dialogue, confidence building, negotiation and reconciliation efforts among parties involved in the conflict.

In his statement, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy affirmed that protecting children in armed conflict is a priority of the UNSC, the obligation of each UN member state and the responsibility of each person when witnessing hurts caused by conflict to children that are unable to defend themselves.

He applauded the “Practical Guidance for mediators to protect children in situations of armed conflict”, while stressing the role played by regional organisations in connecting efforts at national, regional and global levels.

While sharing Vietnam’s experience, Quy affirmed the importance of education to help children overcome the devastation of war, and cultivate their love of peace and hope for a better future.