Ambassador Dmitry Mironchik took part in the international conference Protecting Children in Armed Conflict – Our Common Future07.06.2023
Ambassador Dmitry Mironchik took part in the international conference “Protecting Children in Armed Conflict – Our Common Future”, held on 5-6 June 2023 in Oslo.
The event was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, ICRC, and Save the Children in partnership with the African Union, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
The conference, attended by more than 450 participants from 80 countries as well as a range of international organisations and NGOs, focused on mobilising political commitment to protect children in armed conflict, implementing measures to minimise the impact of armed conflict on children, preventing violations and ensuring compliance with international law.
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In the report circulated at the conference, the Ambassador noted Belarus' unique experience in humanitarian activities to minimise the impact of armed conflict on children. This work is based on a well-developed national health system and an extensive network of children's recreation centres.
Dmitry Mironchik recalled the history of recreation and rehabilitation of foreign children that started with hosting groups of minors affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan and continued with special recreation and rehabilitation programmes for children from the zones of armed conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
It is emphasised that the temporary arrival of children for rehabilitation in Belarus is done openly and transparently in compliance with strict procedures and cooperation with international funds and organisations, such as UNICEF and the Red Cross.
The Ambassador mentioned that this summer, Belarus' national children's education and recreation centre, Zubrenok, will host 225 kids from Syria. In total, this national centre alone has received over 12,000 children from 42 countries between 2013 and 2022.
On the sidelines of the conference, the Head of the Diplomatic Mission also held working contacts with representatives of organisations operating in the area of support to children in armed conflict and representatives of the diplomatic corps in Oslo.