Introduction to the Resolutions and MRM

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Wide view of the Security Council, which, in a major and groundbreaking development, unanimously adopted a resolution to monitor nations or rebel groups that kill, maim and sexually abuse children in war zones or recruit them as soldiers.


  • Awareness of UNSC Resolutions 1612, 1882 and 1998
  • Understand the objectives and basics of MRM
  • Awareness of the role of SRSG CAAC, the UNSCWG and the Technical Reference Group
Participants Orientation (Simplify material to suit the audience)
MRM Staff
Session 1. Presentation
2. Q&A
3. Follow-up quiz
Time required 75 minutes
Plus quiz (20 minutes) - not during the same session - see below
Venue requirements Training room
Equipment - Laptop, projector
Resource person(s) 1 person with a good knowledge of the resolutions and the both the global and local political context but also how it relates to staff in the field
Training materials - PPT presentation - "Introduction of Resolutions and MRM"
- PPT presentation - "What do you know quiz"
Documents for participants - Information and Guidelines: Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) [PDF]
UNSC Resolution 1612 [PDF]
UNSC Resolution 1882 [PDF]
UNSC Resolution 1998 [PDF]
SCWG Toolkit [PDF]
CAAC Report of the SG 2005 [PDF]
Security Council Resolutions related to Gender-Based Violence and Protection [PDF]
Access to materials All the training materials are included in Folder Module 4A: Introduction to the Resolutions and MRM

Pre-session Preparations

  • Ensure that the slides are applicable to your country - there may be some specific slides that you would add or amend to fit with the country specific context. Note that Slide 5 illustrating a map of current countries implementing MRM was up to date in 2011 (update as appropriate).
  • Ensure that you have understood the key points as detailed in the notes for presenter (on the PowerPoint)
  • It will be useful to include one slide with some current statistics of children affected by armed conflict in the country in which you are working.
  • On Slide 11 replace "XXXXXX" with the name of the respective country.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with whole training programme/agenda. This session in particular may raise questions that will be addressed in upcoming sessions. It will
    help you facilitate and save time by letting participants know if some of their questions can be answered more in-depth in other training modules.

Session Sequence

  1. Presentation with Q & A (75 minutes)

    Start the session asking participants what they know about UNSC Resolutions relating to children and armed conflict. Keep this brief but it is a good idea to get participants thinking early in the session.

    Then continue into the presentation.

    Tip: Suggest that you allow questions for clarification only during the presentation and then other questions at the end; as some questions will be answered by the presentation itself and others may be involved and can demand discussion, but it is important that you do reach the end of the presentation.

    The presentation will take approximately 75 minutes including time available for discussion.

    Attention: Participants may ask many questions on the details which are covered in the content of other modules in depth e.g. listing & de-listing; monitoring, reporting; action plans, responses etc. You will need to avoid getting into deep discussions on these topics.

    Tip: For more experienced groups it is suggested that the above can be presented in a quiz type format or in a mixed approach of asking them questions and providing information.

  2. Follow-up quiz (20 minutes)

    The quiz is a fun way to check what participants have learnt and as a refresher for the areas forgotten.

    Tip: It is suggested that you do not do this immediately but perhaps the follow day as a refresher. A good way to start the next day. Provide some chocolate for the winning table.


    1. Divide participants into groups - easiest to simply do at their tables.
    2. The questions. Read out each question in turn with the groups noting their group answers. Read all ten questions then move onto the answers.
    3. The answers. Read out first question asking one group for the answer. Ask others for any additions or differences. Provide the correct answer. Continue in same manner but varying the groups to whom you ask to provide the answers.
    4. Ask groups to add up their own scores - you will need to guide them on point allocation for the questions that have more than one answer.

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