France's Foreign Minister says his country will host a conference on the protection of children in armed conflict early next year.

Jean-Marc Ayrault said Friday that the conference would take place in Paris in February 2017 at a ministerial level.

Ayrault, whose country currently holds the rotating Security Council presidency, made his remarks during a session devoted to the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

Ayrault said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest report on the protection of civilians shows that humanitarian law is increasing being ignored by parties to conflicts, but he expressed confidence that, when properly prepared, U.N. peacekeepers have shown that they can successfully protect civilians.