Ending wars is a prerequisite to protect children: Deputy FM Dang Hoang Giang

Ending wars and bringing peace to all regions in the world is a prerequisite to protect children, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Hoang Giang said at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s online open debate on June 28.
Ending wars is a prerequisite to protect children: Deputy FM Dang Hoang Giang
Viet Namese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Hoang Giang.

Viet Nam is well aware of losses and sufferings in wars, especially when it comes to children, he said, adding that protecting children in armed conflicts is always a priority of Viet Nam since its first tenure serving as a non-permanent member of the UNSC (2008-2009).

Giang urged concerned parties to immediately implement the UN Secretary-General's call for a global ceasefire, and to respect and comply with international law, especially the humanitarian law, to ensure that children get full access to humanitarian aid and COVID-19 vaccines.

The Deputy Minister stressed the significance of protecting essential civilian infrastructure in conflicts, notably schools and hospitals, calling on countries to further implement relevant resolutions of the UNSC and join the Safe Schools Declaration.

Child protection should be at the core of peacekeeping, he said, adding that it should be integrated into the mandates of all relevant peacekeeping operations and political missions.

In his remarks at the Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said during 2020, almost 24,000 grave violations were committed against 19,300 children in the 21 situations covered by this mandate.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added new dimensions to this vital work – and new stresses, he said, appealing to the international community to coordinate to end violations against children.

Many countries also suggested further integrating the agenda on children and armed conflicts into activities of the UNSC and relevant mechanisms.

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(Source: VNA)