The IBCR endeavours to protect the rights of children in cases of man-made crises, especially armed conflict, and in the event of natural disasters, particularly those related to climate change.

How do we do it?

Capacity Building for Peacekeeping Forces


Working with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the IBCR collected and analysed more than 300 training tools used by peacekeeping centres and missions, governments, international organisations, and United Nations agencies. The purpose of this project was to train civil, military and police personnel before, during and after their deployment in peacekeeping missions.  Since 2011, the Bureau has continued to work with the DPKO and United Nations Police to produce training kits on child protection for police and military personnel.

Prevention and the protection of children’s rights in armed conflict


In addition to running capacity building activities for peacekeeping forces—particularly those in East, West and Central Africa—the IBCR aims to make international standards more accessible and promote their application. Since humanitarian workers often have a poor understanding of the legal framework surrounding the protection of children in armed conflict, it is rare that they fully apply new laws, resolutions and policies in their everyday work to ensure that children are properly protected. This prompted the IBCR to publish Children and Armed Conflict: A Guide on International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. This publication has become a well-known reference for stakeholders who work with children that have been affected by armed conflict. It is available online, free of charge, in several languages.

Interventions during humanitarian crises

One of the IBCR’s mandates is to assess the situation of children in countries or regions facing a state of emergency, and then to recommend concrete action to address issues affecting the situation of children over the medium and long term, particularly reconstruction strategies and plans. A few years ago, the IBCR coordinated a forum and workshop on the situation of children in Haiti with a view to spurring discussions on how to improve the situation of Haitian children and influence local reconstruction strategies. More recently, at the request of the Child Protection Working Group, the IBCR conducted a global study on the various experiences of children interacting with the legal system in countries or regions in crisis. 

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