Security Council Committee 2127 meets with Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict – Central African Republic

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On 6 May 2022, Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, briefed the 2127 Sanctions Committee regarding the Central African Republic.

The Special Representative noted that since her last briefing to the Committee in July 2019, the situation of children in the Central African Republic has deteriorated, particularly since the end of 2020, in the context of elections and post-election violence. She noted that increasing levels of violence, degradation of basic services combined with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had significantly worsened the living conditions of children and led to an increase in the number of people in need. of humanitarian aid.

In particular, the Special Representative recommended that the protection of children remain at the heart of peace efforts, including within the framework of the February 2019 peace agreement. She stressed the importance of developing and implementing a prevention and the appointment of focal points for child protection within the armed forces of the Central African Republic. It also recommended that dialogue with all armed groups continue, including with the leaders of groups that have signed action plans, in order to ensure the adoption of concrete measures to implement these plans and improve the protection of children.

Committee members thanked Special Representative Gamba for her briefing, expressed their continued support for her work and encouraged her to continue providing information to the Committee.

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