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 28, 2017):

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

 

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