The event will put the spotlight on the status of children's rights in Syria ten years after the beginning of the conflict, look at the key child protection challenges and children’s rights violations but also put forward opportunities of ensuring/restoring child protection and children’s physical and mental well-being, access to safe spaces, to learning and education for Syrian children and adolescents, whose life and schooling was interrupted due to the conflict.
The event will allow for both taking stock of what has already been done as well as have a forward-look and explore how best to create a conducive environment and put in place the conditions to increase the protection of children against violations, the enjoyment of children’s rights and freedoms and provide for concrete education perspectives for the current and next generation.
Opening Remarks/Moderator: Ambassador Walter Stevens, European Union Delegation to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva
Opening: Message from children at Karim Orphanage, Gaziantep
1. Carl Hallergard, MENA Director - European External Action Service (EEAS)
2. Dimiter Chalev, OHCHR Representative, UN Human Rights Office for Syria
3. Maimouna Alamar, Hurras Children Network
4. Andreas Papacostantinou, MENA Director from the European Commission’s Humanitarian department (ECHO)
5. Yasmine Sherif, Director - Education Cannot Wait Fund
6. Sonia Khush, Syria Response Director - Save the Children
Organiser: EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva
Date: 24/03/2021 15:00-16:30 CET