Children in armed conflict: Zappia, “Covid-19 has further increase the need to protect”


NEW YORK, JUNE 23 – Children continue to be disproportionately affected by gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the need to protect them in emergency situations”, The Italian Permanent Representative to the UN., Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, said today during a Security Council open debate on children in armed conflicts.

Italy is strongly committed to protect and promote children’s rights, said Zappia, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic which has further exacerbated the need to protect children living in emergency situations by strengthening international cooperation. “Italy supports key global actors – such us UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) – whose action is crucial to ensure that no child is left behind”, she added: “The Italian Development Cooperation is consistently working in numerous Countries across the globe to serve children’s needs and provide them with comprehensive, quality services. In order to reach long-lasting results for the protection of the rights of children, both during and after conflicts, Italy presented an ‘open pledge’ on the occasion of the 33rd Conference of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent (Geneva, 9-12 December 2019)”. 

To read the speech of Ambassador Zappia, click here. (@OnuItalia)