Shoukry receives the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received, on Sunday, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, as part of the cooperation between Egypt and the United Nations in the area of ​​promoting children’s rights, as well as protecting them during armed conflict.

Ahmed Hafez, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Shoukry underlined the absolute priority given by the Egyptian government to the protection and promotion of children’s rights and the realization of their best interests, as well as to ensure full protection against all forms of violence or abuse.

Shoukry also highlighted, in this regard, the structural measures taken by the Egyptian government to support and promote the rights of the child through the strategic framework for childhood and motherhood within the framework of “Egypt Vision 2030”, in plus the launch of the National Human Rights Strategy in September 2021, under the aegis of the President of the Republic, which included a section on measures to protect and promote the rights of the child.

Shoukry discussed with the UN official the issue of the negative effects and repercussions of armed conflict on children, especially in the past two years due to the repercussions of the “Covid-19” pandemic and the crisis world food industry, emphasizing that current developments require more international cooperation.

He also affirmed, in this regard, Egypt’s support for all efforts aimed at protecting children and putting an end to all violations committed against them during armed conflicts, stressing Egypt’s willingness to strengthen cooperation with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

Hafez also said that the Special Representative, for her part, expressed her interest in cooperating with Egypt to promote and protect the rights of children during armed conflict, and it was agreed on the importance of continuing communication to strengthen cooperation between Egypt and the Office of the Special Representative. in this regard.