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The Work of the United Nations on Children and Armed Conflict

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At the United Nations (UN) there has been an incremental approach to children and armed conflict (CAAC), and CAAC as an issue at the UN started with the General Assembly and the Graça Machel study. A series of Security Council resolutions on CAAC followed beginning in 1999, when the Security Council adopted for the very first time a resolution on war-affected children, resolution 1261, and here acknowledged children in armed conflict as a peace and security concern and condemned the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The issue of children and armed conflict has been the only human rights issue at the Security Council, in a context where some member states of the Security Council and the UN do not want to have human rights on the agenda of the Security Council at all.

Keywords:armed conflict; children; human rights; United Nations (UN)



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