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 

The following States have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration (as of April 27, 2016):

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


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