Safe Schools Declaration Endorsements

The Safe Schools Declaration, developed through state consultations led by Norway and Argentina in Geneva throughout the first half of 2015, provides states the opportunity to express broad political support for the protection and continuation of education in armed conflict, and is the instrument for states to endorse and commit to implement the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use during Armed Conflict. The Declaration was opened for endorsement at the Oslo Conference on Safe Schools convened by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 29, 2015. A first group of 37 states endorsed it that day and that number has since been growing. States can announce their endorsement at any time by making a public statement and/or sending an endorsement letter (sample letter available here) to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs via its embassies or permanent missions or directly at Seksjon.for.humanitaere.sporsmal@mfa.no and kjnn@mfa.no 

The following States have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration (as of March 28, 2017):

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Andorra
  4. Angola
  5. Argentina
  6. Armenia
  7. Austria
  8. Belgium
  9. Brazil
  10. Bulgaria
  11. Canada
  12. Central African Republic
  13. Chad
  14. Chile
  15. Costa Rica
  16. Cote d’Ivoire
  17. Czech Republic
  18. Democratic Republic of Congo
  19. Ecuador
  20. Finland
  21. France
  22. Georgia
  23. Greece
  24. Honduras
  25. Iceland
  26. Ireland
  27. Italy
  28. Jamaica
  29. Jordan
  30. Kazakhstan
  31. Kenya
  32. Lebanon
  33. Liberia
  34. Liechtenstein
  35. Luxembourg
  36. Madagascar
  37. Malaysia
  38. Malta
  39. Montenegro
  40. Mozambique
  41. Netherlands
  42. New Zealand
  43. Niger
  44. Nigeria
  45. Norway
  46. Palestine
  47. Panama
  48. Paraguay
  49. Poland
  50. Portugal
  51. Qatar
  52. Sierra Leone
  53. Slovakia
  54. Slovenia
  55. Somalia
  56. South Africa
  57. South Sudan
  58. Spain
  59. Sudan
  60. Sweden
  61. Switzerland
  62. Uruguay
  63. Zambia

 

Click here to read public statements issued by states and international organizations as the Guidelines and the Safe Schools Declaration were being developed.