MALAYSIA PRESIDES OVER UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL OPEN DEBATE ON CHILDREN AND ARMED CONFLICT, THURSDAY, 18 JUNE 2015
YB Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj. Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, chaired the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict on Thursday, 18 June 2015. The Open Debate was one of the key events under Malaysia’s Presidency of the Council for the month of June 2015.
The Open Debate provided a platform to discuss the 14th annual report of the Secretary General on children and armed conflict as well as placed emphasis on the issue of abduction of children in armed conflict. Over 75 Member States participated in the Open Debate.
During the Open Debate, the Council was briefed by H.E. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General; Ms. Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict; Ms. Yoka Brandt, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF; and Ms. Eunice Apio of the Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) from Uganda.
In Malaysia’s national statement, YB Minister of Foreign Affairs called for the concerted action of the international community to end and alleviate the suffering of children harmed by warfare. He also emphasized the importance of holding perpetrators of grave violations against children accountable and urged for actions to be taken under national or international justice mechanisms. In this regard, he expressed dismay that despite the high number of Palestinian children killed and injured during last year’s 50-day war in Gaza, the international community had failed to ensure that Israel was held accountable.
YB Minister of Foreign Affairs also announced Malaysia’s endorsement of the Safe Schools Declaration which was recently adopted on 29 May 2015 in Oslo, Norway.
An important outcome of the Open Debate was the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2225 (2015) tabled by Malaysia and co-sponsored by 56 Member States. Through the adoption of the resolution, the Security Council strengthened measures to identify perpetrators of abduction and hold them accountable. The Security Council further urged for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of abducted children and their family reunification, reintegration and rehabilitation. In addition, the Security Council reaffirmed their support for a range of child protection measures and initiatives.
Resolution 2225 (2015) further strengthens the normative framework of the children and armed conflict agenda. The unanimous adoption and wide support for the resolution reflects the Council and Member States’ strong commitment to advance the protection of children in armed conflict.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
18 June 2015