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The Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and Preventing the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

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Frequently Asked Questions: The Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and Preventing the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers

What are the Vancouver Principles?

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.

What is the purpose of the Vancouver Principles?

The purpose of the Vancouver Principles is to prioritize and further operationalize child protection within UN peacekeeping with a focus on preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

Who are the Vancouver Principles aimed at?

The Vancouver Principles are geared toward troop and police contributors operating under a UN peacekeeping mandates. However, many of the themes underlying the principles can be applicable military and police operating outside a UN peacekeeping context.

Why are they called the Vancouver Principles?

The Vancouver Principles were formally adopted on 15 November 2017 on the margins of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in Vancouver, Canada.

 

Who can endorse the Vancouver Principles?

The Vancouver Principles are open to all UN Member States, regardless if they are currently troop or police contributing countries.

 

How were the Vancouver Principles developed?

The Vancouver Principles were conceived by the Government of Canada in partnership with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and developed in consultation with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UNICEF, the Special Representative to the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, child protection actors and civil society partners, and UN Member States.

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