Evidence-based Early Warning for the Prevention of Child Recruitment by Armed Groups

Event
  • DATE / TIME:
    2021•05•19    13:00 - 14:00

    As part of the Conflict Early Warning/Early Action Practitioners Workshop organized by New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, UNU-CPR is leading a panel discussion on evidence-based early warning systems for child recruitment and use by armed groups and armed forces.

    The international community has worked to end child soldiering through legal instruments, naming and shaming, and engagement with armed forces/groups. While gains have been made, the orientation is one of response, rather than prevention. To effectively prevent the recruitment and use of children, there needs to be a greater investment in evidence-based early warning systems that can identify recruitment and use of children at early stages and funnel evidence to the right stakeholders for early and preventative action.

    This panel will examine several efforts to contribute to evidence-based early warning systems for child recruitment and use by armed groups and armed forces. Join representatives from the United Nations University, the International Labour Organization, the Elman Peace Centre and the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security, as they discuss opportunities and challenges in early warcpning systems and the complexities between prediction, prevention and the translation of early warning into early action.

    Speakers

    • Dr Siobhan O’Neil (moderator), Project Director, United Nations University Centre for Policy Research
    • Dr Catherine Baillie Abidi, Director of Research & Learning, The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security
    • Angela Olaya, Co-founder and Researcher at Fundación Conflict Responses (CORE) and UNU-CPR’s local MEAC partner in Colombia
    • Abdikarim Hassan, Programs Manager, Elman Peace
    • Simon Hills, Technical Specialist, Fundamentals Department, International Labour Organization

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