Promoting children's rights



French Cooperation works to promote and protect the rights specific to children. The aim is, in particular, to protect children from any form of exploitation, in particular sexual, as well as to guarantee them access to vital social services, especially healthcare in urban areas.

France takes far-reaching action under the United Nations Security Council in favour of protecting children in armed conflict. The Council listed the question on its agenda in 1999, under France’s impetus, and has since adopted six resolutions aimed at gradually stepping up pressure on those responsible for violating children’s rights.

Lastly, it promotes education for peace and the integration of the fundamental principles of children’s rights in school curricula and vocational training. It also supports the same awareness-raising by encouraging the organisation of regional consultations on the operational strategies for violating children’s rights during armed conflict.