Financing for Development requires move in resources from billions to trillions - savings from ending violence against children will be a crucial contribution

SRSG Santos Pais speaks at side event Sustaining Investments in Childhood
13/07/2015

Addis Ababa, 13 July 2015 - SRSG Santos Pais co-hosted with Unicef an event at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where a Global Partnership and associated Fund to end violence against children was announced. This new initiative seeks to mobilize the resources needed to deliver on Target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDG) to “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.”

The Global Partnership is expected to mobilize wide cross regional support for the implementation of the SDGs related to violence against children, and a vehicle to galvanize greater investment in solutions to reduce violence in the lives of children, as well as to generate new and greater funding.

Marta Santos Pais urges Panama to guarantee the rights of children and to consolidate children’s protection from violence

Marta Santos Pais urges Panama to guarantee the rights of children
10/07/2015

On 9-10 July, during her official visit to Panama, SRSG Marta Santos Pais met with high level national authorities to discuss progress achieved by the Government of Panama to safeguard the rights of children and young people.

SRSG Santos Pais met with the Minister of Social Development, Alcibíades Vásquez, Deputy Minister of Government, Maria Luisa Romero, Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation, María Luisa Navarro, amongst other government officials in regards to the developments achieved in the juvenile justice system in the country, as well as in relation to the drafting process of a comprehensive national legal framework for the protection of children and adolescents.

SRSG Santos Pais concludes a two-day international consultation on the Protection of Children from Armed Violence in the Community

SRSG Santos Pais concludes a two-day international consultation in Honduras
08/07/2015

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Government of Honduras, convened an International Expert Consultation on Children’s Right to Protection from Armed Violence in the Community. Held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the meeting gathered representatives from national governments, UN agencies, regional organizations, research institutions and civil society; as well as children and young people.

SRSG hosts 5th Cross-Regional Roundtable on the Protection of Children from Violence with Representatives from regional organisations and institutions

5th Cross-Regional Roundtable on the Protection of Children from Violence
26/06/2015

Joining hands with the Council of Europe, SRSG Santos Pais held in Strasbourg (France), on 18 and 19 June, the 5th Cross-Regional Roundtable to promote accelerated progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children around the world.

Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, SRSG Santos Pais convenes each year a Cross-Regional Meeting on violence against children with representatives from regional organisations and institutions. This important annual forum provides a strategic platform to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.

SRSG Santos Pais message on the occasion of the Day of the African Child

SRSG Santos Pais message on the occasion of the Day of the African Child
16/06/2015

25 years after the adoption of the African Children’s Charter, millions of children, particularly girls, continue to suffer from many forms of violence, including harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage. As we all know, this practice has devastating consequences on the child’s life, health, development, education and protection.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the first International Albinism Awareness Day

13/06/2015

New York, 13 June 2015 - SRSG Santos Pais joins other partners in welcoming the first International Albinism Awareness Day, which is celebrated today.

“I warmly welcome this recognition by the UN General Assembly to devote a special day to raise awareness on persons with albinism.”

The lives of children with albinism are surrounded by neglect and abuse, stigma, marginalization, discrimination, prejudice, superstitions and misconceptions simply because of their genetic condition andbecause they look different. Discrimination condemns these children to a position of extreme vulnerability, and to tolerance of violence against them in many countries in the world.

Joint statement on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on the involvement of children in armed conflict

22/05/2015

New York/Geneva, 22 May 2015 – On Monday, 25th May, the world celebrates the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

UN children’s rights experts welcome the steady progress made since May 2010 when the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Campaign for the universal ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocols to the CRC. Thanks to significant efforts made across regions over the past five years, the OPSC is now in force in 169 countries, while the OPAC has been ratified by 159 states.

SRSG Santos Pais acknowledges Solomon Islands Government commitment in enacting child protection legislation

Marta Santos Pais with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, HE Mannaseh Sogavare
21/05/2015

HONIARA, 21 May 2015 - Concluding a three day visit to the Solomon Islands, the SRSG commended the government for the expression of its strong commitment to the prevention and elimination of violence against children through the enactment of legislation, policy reform and increased budgetary allocations for children. During her visit, the SRSG met the Prime Minister H.E. Mannaseh Sogavare and other high level officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, the Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Police Commissioner.

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against children in the Pacific region

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against childre
20/05/2015

NADI, FIJI 20 May 2015 – SRSG Santos Pais praised Pacific leaders for their strong commitment to reduce the high rates of violence against children reported in the region.

During a three-day conference in Fiji that brought policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 13 Pacific countries together to discuss more effective ways to address violence against children in the region, Special Representative Santos Pais outlined an agenda to reverse a global, widespread, hidden and in many cases socially condoned pattern.

2015 International Day of Families Theme – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Families

2015 International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's mess
15/05/2015

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” – highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families. Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decisionmakers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious development of children. Yet in too many countries, discrimination against women and disregard for children’s rights remain built into family laws and Government policies, and prevailing social norms often condone and justify many discriminatory practices.