This month’s update highlights children and armed conflict concerns and provides recommendations for the protection of children in the situations of Afghanistan, Central African Republic, South Sudan/Sudan (Abyei), and South Sudan.

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The Security Council reiterated its strong condemnation of the recruitment and use of children by parties to armed conflict, as well as their killing and maiming, rape and other forms of sexual violence.

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ADDIS ABABA, 12 December 2014 - The Commission of the African Union (AU) in collaboration with UNICEF and the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict convened a workshop from 11-12 December 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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19 September – In an effort to better protect African children affected by armed conflict, the Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission and the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict signed an agreement on 17th September 2013, to strengthen protection mechanisms in close partnership with UNICEF.

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Since the campaign for universal ratification was launched, two years ago, 20 additional countries have ratified the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and 15 countries became party to the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

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