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25.03.2019

MoU to Strengthen the Protection of Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Yemen Signed with the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Force Commander of the Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen, Lieutenant General Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to reinforce the protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict in that country.

“After years of destructive conflict, the children of Yemen continue to suffer unimaginable violence. Today’s signature is an important addition to the measures already in place to enhance the protection of boys and girls in Yemen, SRSG Gamba said. This clear commitment by the Coalition must now lead to tangible actions for the improvement of the protection of children in Yemen, as specified in the MoU.”

The signature of this MoU today in Riyadh is the result of close engagement between the SRSG’s office and the Coalition and follows the first visit of the highest UN advocate for the protection of conflict affected children to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in January.

The MOU foresees the development by the Coalition and the United Nations of a programme of activities to strengthen prevention and protection measures for children in Yemen within the coming two months. Preventative activities would focus on, for example, the issuance of command orders, training, awareness raising and the provision of services for child survivors.

The Special Representative took the opportunity to remind all parties of their obligation to protect civilians, including the most vulnerable ones – children – in the conduct of hostilities under international law and called for parties to focus on ensuring peace in Yemen.

“Peace offers the best protection for children. All parties must implement the Stockholm peace process as a matter of priority and include children at the center of the discussions”, SRSG Gamba added. (...)

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