Toward a world without child soldiers – Fifth anniversary of the Paris Principles and Commitments (December 3, 2012)
As of today, 250,000 children are still being used for military purposes around the world.
In order to put an end to this tragedy, France and UNICEF jointly organized in 2007 the conference entitled "Free Children from War,” which resulted in concrete commitments: the Paris Principles. Five years later, more than 100 states support this action.
On the occasion of the 5th anniversary, France and UNICEF have taken the initiative to hold a meeting today in New York to review progress on the Paris Commitments, under the chairmanship of Human Rights Ambassador François Zimeray and in the presence of Ms. Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.
Thousands of children are demobilized every year. Since children would not be involved in armed conflict without the cowardice of warring adults, France will, in New York, call for the continuation of the demobilizations “battalion by battalion, armed group by armed group, country by country.” A world without child soldiers is possible.
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