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 and 

The following States have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration (as of September 9, 2016):

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


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