The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) will sponsor a panel discussion, "Protecting the Rights of Children Affected by Armed Conflict: The Role of the UN and NGOs," on Thursday, February 7, 2013, at 4:30 p.m., in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. Panel participants will include Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict; Jo Becker, Advocacy Director for the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch; and Eva Smets, Director of WatchList on Children and Armed Conflict. The event is free and open to the public.
The public panel is the plenary session of a private workshop on children and armed conflict, which will take place on February 8. The workshop will address the current gaps in mandates related to the issue of children in armed conflict in UN Missions, particularly in Afghanistan and Somalia, and will provide specific recommendations on how to strengthen the fight against impunity for persistent violators of the rights of children affected by armed conflicts. The meeting will bring together academics, representatives of NGOs, and representatives of UN member states including members of the Security Council and the UN Secretariat for private discussion. The workshop is organized by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and WatchList on Children and Armed Conflict.