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 24, 2017):

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

 

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