In countries around the world, children often bear the brunt of armed conflict. Protracted crises continue to uproot families, destroy homes and schools, and leave countless children vulnerable to armed violence. One particularly heinous consequence of these conditions is the recruitment and use of child soldiers, in which young men and women are exploited to serve on the frontlines and/or in support capacities by national militaries, government-supported paramilitaries, and non-state armed groups alike.
In 1996, the United Nations established the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict to strengthen the protection of children affected by armed violence. For more than 20 years, the Special Representative has highlighted the unique challenges faced by children in conflict and fostered international cooperation to protect children from the horrors of war.
The Stimson Center is hosting a discussion on issues surrounding the use of children in armed conflict. The event will feature a keynote address from the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, which will be followed by an expert panel.
Date: October 4, 2017
When: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Where: Stimson Center, 8th Floor