The Vancouver Principles

The Vancouver Principles aim to improve the situation of children in armed conflict settings by prioritizing the protection of children within peace operations as central to the overall mandate of all United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.

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About the Vancouver Principles

The Vancouver Principles take a more assertive stance on preventing child recruitment in the context of peacekeeping operations, specifically with regard to early warning and the active prevention of recruitment. In addition, the Vancouver Principles affirm commitments by member states to the training, planning, and conduct of their own forces in relation to engaging with the use of children as child soldiers.

The Vancouver Principles are a set of political commitments endorsed by Member States regarding the prevention of recruitment and use of child soldiers in a peacekeeping context.The Vancouver Principles are geared toward troop and police contributors operating under a UN peacekeeping mandates.

The Vancouver Principles will contribute to the improved overall effectiveness of UN peace missions and thereby increase peace and stability. Within its text, the Principles clearly outline the positive role that security forces can take to address the challenges of children who are vulnerable to recruitment and use in armed conflict. The overall aim of the principles is to improve the situation of children in armed conflict settings by prioritizing the protection of children within peace operations as central to the overall mandate of all United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.

Changing Attitudes and Behaviour in Peacekeeping

Through proactive, targeted and preventative training ensures that the security sector is able to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers in the field effectively. This approach is breaking new ground and is a critical part of interrupting the cycle of recruitment of children by armed groups. This prevention-oriented training ensures a response by the security sector actor that is just right and protects all those involved—from the peacekeeper to the child.

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