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Sketching the Way to Peace: Preventing the use of children as soldiers with the help of comic books

12 February 2016
Sketching the Way to Peace: Preventing the use of children as soldiers with the help of comic books

Friday, 12 February 2016, 15:30 - 17:00
UNOG Library Events Room B-135
Palais des Nations, Geneva

Join us at the UN Library Geneva for an event on the occasion of the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers (Red Hand Day). This is a unique opportunity to get introduced to the educational comic book series jointly developed by UNITAR and the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Colombia. In a time where children are increasingly affected by armed conflicts, the diverse panel will discuss innovative approaches to address the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, including through drawings and other creative means. Participants of the event will be able to express their support of ending the use of children as soldiers through leaving a symbolic red hand print.

Free copies of the comics will be available at the event.

For background information:
UNICEF video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kFDL-n9AbE
UN Special Article:
https://www.unspecial.org/2015/04/ending-the-use-of-children-as-soldiers-a-mission-impossible/

Welcome Remarks:
Francesco Pisano, Chief, UNOG Library

Introductory Remarks:
H.E. Dr. Ulrich Seidenberger, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Moderator:
Nikhil Seth, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research

Speakers:
• Shelly Whitman, Director, The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative (via video conferencing)
• Michel Chikwanine, Author, Inspirational Speaker and Former Child Soldier (via video conferencing)
• Svenja Vollmer, Fellow, UNITAR Peacekeeping Training Programme
• Aurélie Lamazière, Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor, save the children
• Carolin Nehmé, Thematic Legal Adviser, Geneva Call
• Ibrahim Sesay, Child Protection Specialist in Emergencies, UNICEF (via video conferencing)
• Morgane Desoutter, Freelance Illustrator and Teaching Assistant in Political Science

Followed by a reception sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.

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IMPORTANT
For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 12 February 2016.

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