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 August 25, 2016):

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

 

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