The Government of Canada is committed to taking real steps towards ending the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and making sure children remain children and do not become weapons of war.
The organization was founded by Lieutenant-General (Ret'd) Romeo Dallaire in 2007.
The initiative's goal is "to progressively eradicate the use and recruitment of child soldiers through a security sector approach".
"Although people have been pouring money and effort into rehabilitating and re-integrating ex-child soldiers, it's done nothing to reduce the numbers, literally nothing", he said.
Dallaire said children can be recruited in a number of ways, such as through force and intimidating families and communities.
"I want funding to stop (kids) from coming (into wars) and make them a liability, so that forces don't want to use them", he said.
In the report, titled Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict, the researchers suggest that most children do not so much "opt" into conflict as "grow" into it.
The Canadian government has pledged $3.1million for a project to help end the recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan. "The worldwide community can do more to harness their positive motivations and engage them as partners on the path to peace".
"Child soldiers live lives no child should ever lead". Because... if you're ready to use kids to rape and kill and destroy, you're ready to do pretty much anything. There are also seven countries that use children in the front lines, including Somalia, Central African Republic, and Myanmar.
France also wishes to draw the global community's attention to new threats against children: in addition to the recruitment of children by armed groups or forces, we must now be vigilant with respect to efforts at early indoctrination and the use of children as human bombs by terrorist groups.
In addition, the report noted that counter-terror efforts based on widely held assumptions about the ideological motivations of children and youth recruited into extremist groups are unlikely to be effective, and could backfire.