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No Part in Warfare: UN response to attacks on schools and hospitals


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Speaker(s): Leila Zerrougui
Chair: Dr Jenny Kuper

Recorded on 9 June 2014 in Shaw Library, Old Building.

In July 2011, the Security Council adopted landmark resolution 1998, which highlights the impact of attacks on schools and hospitals on the safety, education and health of children during armed conflict, and calls for greater action to ensure that schools and hospitals have no part in warfare.

On 21 May 2014, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict will launch the Guidance Note on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1998 together with UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Health Organisation. The Guidance Note aims to provide practical guidance for UN and NGO partners in the field, further strengthening the Security Council’s Children and Armed Conflict agenda in highlighting the issue of attacks on schools and hospitals.

In this event, UN Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui will set out the aims of the Guidance Note, the legal ramifications of Security Council Resolution 1998 and discuss her mandate more broadly.

Leila Zerrougui (@childreninwar) was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict at the Under Secretary-General level in September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as a moral voice and independent advocate to build awareness and give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.

Immediately prior to this appointment she was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Deputy Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) where, since 2008, she spearheaded the Mission’s efforts in strengthening the rule of law and protection of civilians.

As a legal expert in human rights and the administration of justice, Ms Zerrougui has had a distinguished career in the strengthening of the rule of law and in championing strategies and actions for the protection of vulnerable groups especially women and children.

A lawyer by training, Ms Zerrougui was a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention under the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2001, and served as the Working Group’s Chairperson-Rapporteur from 2003 until May 2008.

Jenny Kuper is visiting fellow in the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights. Her research interests generally cover: international human rights law, international humanitarian law/ law of armed conflict, children's rights and United Nations matters.

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