On Thursday, June 30th, the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, launched the report Bridging the Accountability Gap: New Approaches to Addressing Violations Against Children in Armed Conflicts. The report, penned by Julia Freedson, Senior Policy Consultant, Conflict Dynamics International, benefited from financial support by the Canadian government. Chantale Walker, from the Mission of Canada to the UN, Ralf Schrooer from the Mission of Germany to the UN, offered opening remarks, highlighting the practical nature of the report and its policy options. Gerard McHugh, President, Conflict Dynamics International, and Rob Young, Deputy Permanent Observer & Legal Adviser, ICRC Delegation to the UN, also spoke at the event, which proved to be an enlightening introduction to the report, thanks to Ms. Freedson’s compelling address. The event, which was very well attended, constituted a concrete step forward in the operational definition of the notion of accountability for violations committed against children affected by armed conflict.
Julia Freedson addresses the crowd.