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The EU thanks Secretary General's Special Representatives for their valuable reports and earlier presentations.
As pointed out by SG last week, millions of children around the world continue to have their rights denied. We must utilize 2030 Agenda. "Leaving no one behind" is especially vital for children, not only the world of today but also the world of tomorrow.
We commend SRSG on Violence against Children's active engagement with the issue of bullying, too long seen as a "normal" part of social, community and school life of children. It has gained even broader and more profound impact with the rise of online communications, in particular with regard to members of groups at heightened risk as identified in the Secretary General’s report on Protecting Children from bullying (A/71/213).”
The EU supports your broad engagement in all regions of the world, with emphasis on prevention and abandonment of harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, abuse associated with sexual initiation ceremonies, and other practices compromising the right of the child, particularly affecting girls!
In your work to prevent and address bullying and cyber bullying, you have highlighted the importance of strengthening data systems. What major steps would you recommend be taken?
Mme Zerrougui, we welcome the fact that your report is paying attention to new and recurrent challenges, notably the growing number of deliberate attacks against schools. The EU shares your deep concern relating to the deprivation of liberty of children as an emerging aspect of counter terrorism strategies. Could you elaborate on how legal proceedings for children allegedly associated with armed groups can be ensured in full respect of the rights of the child?
The EU strongly supports your campaign “Children, not Soldiers” and the exceptional outcomes observed, especially the conclusion by all states concerned of a formal written commitment with the UN to end the recruitment and use of children in their security forces. Nevertheless, the level of implementation of some action plans, signed for many years, has not always met the expectations. How could the international community better assist in the implementation of national action plans and what leverage could be used to promote their full implementation?
I thank you.