Jobs for conflict-affected children – a key strategy to prevent recruitment by armed forces and groups and ensure sustainable reintegration of former child soldiers

The third Ministerial Follow-Up Forum to the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups is co-hosted by UNICEF, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, and France. It is organized in collaboration with the Paris Principles Steering Group of which ILO is a member.


The third Ministerial Follow-Up Forum to the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups is co-hosted by UNICEF, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, and France. It is organized in collaboration with the Paris Principles Steering Group of which ILO is a member.

Ms Constance Thomas, Director of ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, speaks on behalf of the Paris Principles Steering Group on the economic component of prevention and reintegration programmes.

The meeting represents the third Follow-up Forum to the International Conference ‘Free Children from War’ at which The Paris Commitments to Protect Children Unlawfully Recruited or Used by Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Commitments) and The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles) were adopted, spearheaded by France and UNICEF (Paris, February 2007).

Objectives of the Forum:

  • Assess the implementation of the Paris Commitments and the Paris Principles. This information exchange will draw on lessons learned by affected countries and donors and elaborate next steps.
  • Assess the need for additional funds for successful prevention and reintegration programmes and for monitoring and reporting on compliance by parties to armed conflict.
  • Review the status of Member States’ endorsement of the Paris Commitments and encourage new Member States’ endorsement, to reinforce the Paris Commitments as the key standard used by all stakeholders to guide funding, advocacy and programme response for the care and protection of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG).

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