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 October 20, 2017):

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

 

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