On this Friday, 7 May Estonia with 14 co-sponsors will hold an Arria-formula meeting on Children and Armed Conflict. This Arria-formula meeting will be focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on grave violations against children affected by armed conflict. It will assess 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”.
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 Operations Division, UNICEF
Philippe Adapoe, Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Save the Children
The debate will be opened and chaired by the Permanent Representative of Estonia Ambassador Sven Jürgenson. List of Speakers will be uploaded on the homepage of the Estonian Mission on Thursday.
The Arria-formula meeting is organised by UN Security Council members Estonia, France, Ireland, Kenya, Niger, Norway, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, United Kingdom, the United States and Viet Nam, together with additional co-sponsors Belgium, Canada, Germany, Sweden and in cooperation with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.