The EU and the Kingdom of Belgium are hosting a high-level event on the Protection of Children, victims of armed conflict and COVID-19, in the margins of the UN General Assembly. The event will take place on 23 September 2021, at 15:00-17:00. The Republic of Niger and Save the Children are co-hosting the event, which is co-sponsored by UNHCR, OCHA, ICRC, the Special Representative of UN SG for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) Office and UNICEF.
Co-hosts Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Sophie Wilmès will deliver the introductory remarks.
Following this, participants will hear the testimonies of two South Sudanese children and a young woman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, currently living in Sweden.
This will be followed by two panel discussions:
1) On the increase of grave violations against children in armed conflict, gender-based violence, and IDP/refugee protection issues, with the participation of:
- Mr. Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- Mr. Virginia Gamba, UN SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC)
- Mr. Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner (UNHCR)
2) On the impact of service disruptions as a consequence of the pandemic, including health, mental health, and education services, as well as food insecurity. The panel will consist of:
- Mr. Omar Abdi, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF
- Ms. Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children
- Ms. Léa Ouedraogo, Leader of the Alliance Technique d'Assistance au Développement (ATAD) in Burkina Faso.
After the two panels, USG/ERC Martin Griffiths (OCHA) will intervene, summarising the main points from the panel discussions, and also providing OCHA’s perspective as coordinator of the humanitarian system.
H.E. Mr. Massoudou Hassoumi, Minister of State and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Niger, will deliver the closing remarks.