Sweden to support UNICEF's efforts for children in conflict

11:15, November 21, 2009      

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Sweden decided Friday to donate an extra 20 million Swedish Kronor (about 3 million U.S. dollars) to UNICEF's efforts to implement Security Council Resolution 1882 on children in armed conflict.

"This targeted measure will enable us to help particularly vulnerable children who are affected by or forced to take part in armed conflict," Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson said in a statement.

The UN Security Council adopted a new resolution on the protection of children in armed conflict on Aug. 4 this year to add more provisions to Resolution 1612 from 2005 which specified that parties that recruit or use child soldiers in armed conflict are to be blacklisted and monitored.

The new resolution expands the blacklist in Resolution 1612 to those who abuse, kill, rape, maim or abduct children in armed conflict, as well as attacks on schools and hospitals where children are present.

It is expected that this new method of exerting influence will help combat impunity and put pressure on guerrilla movements that continue to commit abuses against children and violate their rights, said the Swedish government.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) plays a key role in the implementation of Resolution 1882, as it is responsible for monitoring and reporting the above-mentioned abuses of children to the UN, it added.

Source: Xinhua
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