France welcomes the unanimous adoption on June 18, 2015, by the Security Council of resolution 2225, which strengthens the international community’s mobilization in support of children in armed conflict.
This resolution condemns the abductions of children, the vast majority of which are carried out by non-state armed groups, including terrorist organizations such as Daesh and Boko Haram. It also complements the mechanism introduced by the Security Council in 2005, at the instigation of France, aimed at responding to the serious violations perpetrated against children. Like murder, mutilation, the recruitment of children, sexual violence and attacks against schools and hospitals, abduction has now become a reason for adding those responsible to the UN secretary-general’s “List of Shame,” published in his annual reports.
This is a key step toward improving the protection of the 250 million children living in conflict zones.