|Children in Armed Conflicts (Item 10 of the Draft Agenda) (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1995, 20 p.)|
In order to promote the study entitled Child Soldiers the ICRC and the International Federation sent out on 19 October 1994 a circular letter to all National Societies with the published version of Child Soldiers, inviting them to associate themselves with a campaign to sensitize the public and circulate the study. The invitation mentioned the importance of promoting the study both to raise public awareness of this serious issue as well as to make a positive contribution for a better dissemination of the Movements activities in favour of children.
At the same time National Societies were asked to transmit all relevant information regarding their own activities to assist children in armed conflicts so as to better define their needs and usefully orientate activities in the framework of a coherent Plan of Action.
In the same sphere of action and on the eve of the inauguration of the meetings of the open-ended Inter-sessional Group, mandated to elaborate an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, covering the involvement of children in armed conflicts, the Henry Dunant Institute, in collaboration with the ICRC and the International Federation, organized a Press Conference on 31 October 1994. The purpose of the Press Conference, which was attended by some fifty journalists, the Director of UNICEF in Geneva and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, was to make better known their concern about the fate of children in wars and to present to the general public the book Child Soldiers, a pioneer study on the subject.
As another contribution to the campaign on the situation of children in armed conflicts, the Magazine of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement dedicated its N° 3 - 1994 to children in crises.