United Nations – Universal Children’s Day (November 20, 2016)


On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day on November 20, France calls for further international mobilization to protect children and promote their rights.

France works constantly at the international level toward increasing the protection of children in armed conflict.

A multilateral monitoring and reporting mechanism on the violations of children’s rights and a Security Council Working Group on monitoring these violations were established on our initiative.

In February 2007, France, in partnership with UNICEF, hosted the “Free Children from War” conference, which made it possible to adopt the Paris Commitments and the Paris Principles. These have now been endorsed by more than 100 states and are aimed at implementing, in practical terms, measures to protect children and help them reintegrate into their families and communities, as well as preventing unlawful recruitment and combating impunity.

In order to mark the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Commitments and the Paris Principles, France and UNICEF will host, on February 21, 2017, a new ministerial conference entitled “Protect Children from War,” the goal of which will be to relaunch international mobilization. On this occasion, France calls on the states that have not yet done so to endorse these principles.