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 February 21, 2017):

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

 

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