The Minister Counselor emphasised that the top priority of the international community as well as each country is to address the root cause of conflicts via promoting sustainable development, helping children avoid the consequences of war and violence.

Minister Counselor Nguyen Hoang Nguyen, deputy head of the Permanent Delegation of Vietnam to the U.N.

He affirmed that respect for the U.N. Charter, international law and international humanitarian law plays a significant role in children protection. All parties in conflicts must comply with their obligations under international law and relevant UN resolutions, including the Security Council Resolution 2573 (2021) which was proposed by Vietnam on the protection of civilians in armed conflicts.      

The representative of Vietnam held that in order to increase the effectiveness of children protection in conflicts, it is necessary to strengthen collaboration among member countries and related agencies of the U.N. such as the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), U.N. Development Program (UNDP), and U.N. peacekeeping missions, among others. The comprehensive approach will help to create a framework to connect peacekeeping missions, economic development with child protection prior, in and post conflicts.

The UNSC’s annual open debate, which was chaired by the Republic of Korea as June’s Council president, saw the participation of former Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon and representatives of more than 80 countries and related international organizations.

At the session, delegates expressed concerns about the tendency of a significant increase in violations against children in conflict areas, resulting in many children being killed, injured or separated. They also discussed current issues about child recruitment and use, killing and maiming, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual violence, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the denial of humanitarian access. Many countries condemned the acts of killing children in conflicts and attacks on educational and health facilities that are taking place in many parts of the world.

Source: VNA