The Action Plan, signed in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday, is a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Defense and the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting. This agreement is a significant step, following several years of negotiations between the Government and the taskforce, composed of various UN agencies and civil society including World Vision.
By signing the action plan, the government commits to cease recruitment of children under 18 and discharge any children currently serving in the armed forces in
This agreement represents a work in progress since the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1612 in 2005, calling for the protection of children affected by armed conflict. The task force was activated in 2007 and has been negotiating the action plan to protect children in armed conflict since 2008.
“We welcome today’s signing as a very significant milestone toward the protection of children in
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Our 35 Area Development Programs (ADP) focus on regions where we’ve been partnering with community, government and non-governmental organizations for 12 to15 years. This commitment fosters long-term, sustainable development enabling families to restore livelihoods, improve food security, access health care, and invest in education so children can have hope for the future. World Vision works at all levels to support greater recognition of the Convention for the Rights of the Child, and encourages participation from children in program planning.