Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Important role at the United Nations

"Children and armed conflict" is one of the priorities of Germany as a non-permanent member state of the United Nations Security Council (SC), for the biennium 2011/2012. In the second half of 2011, Germany chairs the SC, and doing justice to this responsibility, the German Mission to the United Nations launched a campaign to raise awareness on this issue, calling for photographs, drawings, audio files that could, somehow, answer to the question: "Why should schools be protected in the context of armed conflicts?"

The final result consists of a slideshow titled "Protect my School" (at the bottom of the right column), presented at a workshop on 30th June. Ttwo photos of Shawl Pacha School were included in this slideshow.


It was also published two photographs of the Pol-e-Charki High School, in Kabul, that is being benefited by the Portuguese military in Afghanistan.

On the 12th July, 2011, at a German proposal, the Security Council adopted the Resolution 1998, which condemns, among other things, "attacks against schools and hospitals" in the context of war.

"Places of learning and places of healing should never be places of war. Today’s resolution takes us one step further,” he added. “It not only emphasizes that schools and hospitals should be zones of peace respected by all parties to conflict, it adds attacks on schools and hospitals as listing criteria in my annual reports on children in armed conflict.” (Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN Security Council)

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