Armed Conflict: Children and Civilians

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 18 January 2024.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has a strategy on protecting children and civilian in conflict zones.

Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will develop a strategy for the protection of children in conflict zones.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK recognises that protecting children from the effects of armed conflict is a moral, legal, and strategic imperative and essential in breaking the cycle of violence.

The UK is an active member of the UNSC Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC), which leads the international response to violations committed against children in conflict.

As announced in the 2023 International Development White Paper, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office is committed to publishing a children in conflict strategy.

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