The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has in a number of resolutions committed itself to promote the rights of children. In 1993 the Council of Delegates adopted resolution 4 on Child Soldiers. The resolution requests the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in cooperation with the Henry Dunant Institute, to draw up and implement a Plan of Action for the Movement aimed at promoting the principle of non-recruitment and non-participation of children below the age of eighteen years in armed conflicts and at taking concrete action to protect and assist child victims of armed conflicts.
The Movement has demonstrated that it is strongly committed to the protection and assistance to child victims of armed conflicts and to the promotion of the principle of non-recruitment and non-participation of children below the age of eighteen years in armed conflicts. The challenge for the Movement is to implement these commitments. To this end the proposed medium term Plan of Action has been developed. A progress report of the implementation of the Plan of Action will be presented to the Council of Delegates in 1999.