The Global Coalition for Reintegration of Child Soldiers
On 24 September 2018, on the margins of the opening of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, at a high-level event entitled, ‘Funding the Future: Challenges and Responses to the Reintegration of Child Soldiers, the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, together with UNICEF and other key actors, launched the Global Coalition for Reintegration of Child Soldiers to advanced innovative ideas to sustainably address support for child reintegration programmes and to bring attention to and encourage action for the strategic issue of helping children coming out of armed groups and forces.
A road map process was launched to gather and analyze information from a spectrum of reintegration actors to discuss ways in which the international community could better support all aspects of child reintegration programs, with an aim to ensure significantly higher and more sustainable funding for these activities.
The mandate and work of the Office derives from General Assembly Resolution 51/77 and subsequent resolutions. As well as successive Security Council Resolutions on children and armed conflict, in particular, Security Council Resolution 2427 (2018). It provides long-term and sustainable reintegration and rehabilitation opportunities for children affected by armed conflict that are gender- and age-sensitive. It includes access to health care, psychosocial support, and education programmes, as well as raising awareness and working with communities to avoid stigmatization of these children and facilitate their return, while taking into account the specific needs of girls and boys.