The University Network for Children and Armed Conflict International Prize 2021 goes to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict as Head of the Office for Children and Armed Conflict – World

New York, December 3, 2021 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, in her capacity as Head of OSRSG-CAAC, is honored to receive the International University Network Prize for Children and Armed Conflict of 2021 “for its tireless institutional commitment, […] of the Office and for his extraordinary personal dedication to the protection of children in situations of armed conflict and for fostering the strengthening of important synergies between the different actors involved in guaranteeing the rights of children affected by conflict.

The award is the culmination of a year of fruitful collaboration between his office and the University Network for Children and Armed Conflict (UNTCHAC) and it comes as the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict marks its 25th anniversary. . This anniversary is an opportunity to underline the decisive role that the mandate has played in the protection of children affected by conflict over the past quarter of a century. “As we mark the 25th anniversary of my mandate, we have an unprecedented opportunity not only to look back on the accomplishments of the mandate, but also to consider new worrying trends and challenges ahead that will require more attention and attention. dedicated expertise, ”said Virginia Gamba in her acceptance speech.

Launched in 2020, the University Network for Children and Armed Conflict is an international academic network that aims to promote analysis and research on the protection of boys and girls involved in armed conflict. The network “is a powerful multiplier of the work force of my Office. Not only does it bring together 40 universities and research centers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America and Latin America, including countries affected by conflict, but it also brings together people of shared like-minded people around the world wanting to learn more about and work towards protecting children affected by conflict, ”the Special Representative added in her speech.

Earlier this year, the Special Representative also had the honor of opening the 2021 Fall School on Building Skills and Awareness for the International Protection of Children, Especially Girls, Affected by Armed Conflict. , co-organized by the University Network and the Institute for Political Studies “S. Pio V” and supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. His office also established the Academic Advisory Group for the Reintegration of Children, to appeal to the brightest minds to assist them in this particularly important aspect of its mandate.

Building and maintaining strong partnerships with academia, alongside Member States, international and regional organizations, other United Nations entities and civil society organizations, remains a priority for the Special Representative. Only with a common and harmonized approach can we find lasting solutions to the challenges posed by contemporary conflicts and their impact on children affected by conflict.

For more information, please contact:

Fabienne Vinet, Communications Officer, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+ 1-212-963-5986 (office) / + 1-917-288-5791 (mobile) / [email protected]

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