|Children in Armed Conflicts (Item 10 of the Draft Agenda) (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1995, 20 p.)|
In spite of a wide-ranging number of provisions for the protection of children in armed conflicts as well as activities in the field and many approaches at the international level to render such protection effective or even to increase it, reality will remain quite different as long as the adoption of such international measures will not be accompanied by concrete action to be implemented in every country in response to the context of each situation.
Because of its nature and its goals, the International Movement has an essential role to play in ensuring a better protection of children. The Plan of Action, now before you for approval, was prepared by the Henry Dunant Institute in collaboration with the ICRC and the International Federation. The Henry Dunant Institute project has been supported by many National Societies. The Icelandic Red Cross and the Swedish Red Cross deserve to be singled out for in addition to their financial contribution, they have made available qualified staff to take an active part in elaborating the attached Plan of Action.
A circular letter with a questionnaire was sent out to all National Societies for information on their experience and for suggestions regarding children in war. The replies have indicated how much National Societies are interested in the subject and have provided many ideas about the work to be done by the different components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
A seminar organized in Geneva in June 1995 brought together 12 National Societies for consultation of the provisional draft of the Plan of Action.
The attached Plan of Action (annex 1) sets out concrete measures which could be implemented within the Movement to improve co-ordination and enhance activities in a given field. We hope that this Plan of action will comprise a positive contribution to greater respect for the rights of the child as well as a better commitment and global view of the activities of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in their favour.