NEW YORK, OCTOBER 31 – Italy strongly supports the inclusion of children-protection related provisions in the mandates of the UN peace operations, the Italian permanent representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi said today during a Security Council debate on children in armed conflicts. “It is important that peacekeeping and political missions have the necessary means to monitor, report and respond to grave violations: to this end, we must ensure that Child Protection Advisers positions are duly staffed and budgeted’, said the Italian Ambassador.
“In serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity”, Cardi said, stressing that is extremely important to offer peacekeeping personnel specific training on child protection. Targeted pre-deployment training of UN personnel on children in armed conflicts should be fully scaled up and become a standard practice for the UN, in coordination with regional organizations. A good example in Italy are the modules on respect for human rights, international humanitarian law, and the protection of civilians ncluded in all the courses that CoESPU, the Centre of Excellence for Stability Police Units, offers each year to peacekeepers.
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