SRSG speaks on "Children, Sport and Development" event at United Nations, New York

15/12/2014

New York, 15 December 2014 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children participated in a high-level event “Children, Sport and Development – CRC@25: achievements and looking to post-2015”, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Co-organized in the framework of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Jamaica, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, the event aimed to promote the right of the child to sports and its positive contribution to children’s health, education, development and well-being, while noting the risks it can be associated with.

SRSG Marta Santos Pais calls for the effective protection of children from violence in the Americas

Marta Santos Pais calls for the effective protection of children from violence
15/12/2014

Brasília, 12 December 2014 – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais joined in Brasilia the XXI Pan American Congress on Children and Adolescents, devoted to “Childhood and Adolescence: Building environments of peace.”

“In the Americas, the most violent region in the world and with the highest levels of child homicide, the protection of children from violence is put at risk on a daily basis; and it is compounded by high levels of inequality and social exclusion, lack of opportunities, the widespread use of arms, the presence of organized crime and gangs, and a culture of impunity. For many children in the Americas, life is defined by two words: fear and pain. This is a sad reality, but it is not a fate. We can and must change it!” said SRSG Santos Pais.

Violence Against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice - High-level panel discussion

21/11/2014

High-level panel discussion on “Violence Against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice”

Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria and Thailand, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ).

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Video)

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence aga
21/11/2014

Statement by Marta Santos Pais, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, at the High-level meeting on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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"Dear young people, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Recalling its vision, pursuing its mission - Panel discussion with drafters of the Convention

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Recalling its vision, pursuing its missio
20/11/2014

This event brought together some of the members of the drafting group of the CRC to reflect on the ethos of the Convention and the impact its principles and provisions have in today's world. The event also celebrated the Convention’s vision for children and the continuing pursuit of its noble mission.

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Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CRC - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais

20/11/2014

New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the international community. The world has changed immensely since 1989 but the ethos of the Convention endures.

Poland and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: celebrating the vision of Janus Korczac that put child dignity first

SRSG Santos Pais in Warsaw next to the monument to Janus Korczak
11/11/2014

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on violence against children Marta Santos Pais joined this week the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Poland.  

“The Convention on the Rights of the Child owes much to Poland. The Convention’s vision of the child as a subject of rights is inspired by the writings, work and life of Janus Korczak, a Polish pediatrician, educator and writer who reminded the world that children are not people to be, but people of today with rights and dignity, conscience, feelings, reason and opinions. It was Poland that on the occasion of the International Year if the Child (1979) proposed the drafting of the UN Convention, which was led by Polish lawyer Adam Lopatka” – said Santos Pais.   

SRSG Santos Pais calls for strong political engagement to protect young children from violence

07/11/2014

In a high level meeting in Oslo, SRSG Santos Pais called on Governments around the world to invest in early childhood initiatives for the prevention and elimination of violence against children.

“Violence in early years has an irreversible impact on children's development and often shapes their adult lives. But beyond its impact on individual victims, it is associated with heavy costs for society”- highlighted the SRSG. “Supporting positive parenting policies, enhancing integrated approaches to early childhood development and securing solid funding for implementation is more than ever crucial to strengthen the human capital upon which nation’s social progress is built”-she added. 

SRSG Santos Pais promotes protection of children from violence in first visit to Lao PDR

SRSG Santos Pais promotes protection of children from violence in first visit to
23/10/2014

Vientiane, 23 October 2014 – During her visit to Lao PDR, SRSG Santos Pais met with H. E. Pany Yathotou, President of the National Assembly, to discuss the important work taking place on the development of a new Law on Violence against Women and Children in Lao PDR.

 “In recent years, Lao PDR has made tremendous strides in tackling violence against children,” said SRSG Santos Pais. “But, like all over the world, much more can and should be done. The fact that so many Government parties are sitting together today is a signal that Lao PDR is committed to ending violence against children. As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year, we are reminded that all partners have a role in protecting the rights of children everywhere.”

Cambodia: UN-backed report reveals scope of violence against children

Children in school in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF Cambodia/Andy Brown
23/10/2014

22 October 2014 – Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country.

The first assessment of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, Cambodia’s Violence against Children Survey (CVACS) asked 2,376 children and young people aged 13 to 24 from across the country about their experiences of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18.