Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for children and armed conflict

News: The new SRSG, Leila Zerrogui, took up her position on 4 September 2012, following four years as the deputy head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). CRIN co-signed a letter, with a group of NGOs, calling on the UN Secretary General to conduct an open and transparent selection process.

Role: The Mission Statement of the Office of the Special Representative is: "To promote and protect the rights of all children affected by armed conflict." Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy has assumed this position since April 2006.

How? General Assembly resolution A/RES/51/77 on the rights of the child recommends that “the Secretary-General appoint for a period of three years a Special Representative on the impact of armed conflict on children.” The Assembly has since extended this mandate four times and most recently by its resolution A/RES/63/241 of 13 March 2009. The resolution does not explain the procedure for such an appointment, nor the necessary criteria.

When: The term of the current SRSG will expire in July 2015.

Action: There is an opportunity for ensuring that the appointment process is transparent, and that the criteria are publicly available and child rights-focused. More information will be circulated nearer the time.