SRSG Santos Pais welcomes launch of Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour

21/09/2016

A new Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour was launched today at a side event of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York. SDG Alliance 8.7 builds on the momentum created by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and brings together all key stakeholders to focus efforts on the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of all forms of child labour. Alliance 8.7 will increase global awareness on these issues, strengthen coordination of existing measures, promote effective monitoring and knowledge sharing and help generate resources for interventions.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes ratification by Ukraine and accession by Georgia to the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure

21/09/2016

SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes today's ratification by Georgia of this important child rights treaty. With this significant step, 29 countries have now ratified the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure and 50 have signed it.

The Protocol allows children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on violations of their rights.

To support the process of ratification and to ensure that the protocol is understandable for children, the Office of the SRSG has developed an advocacy tool that is available here.

"The Optional Protocol remains a high priority for my mandate and I call on all Governments to consider its urgent ratification." stated SRSG Santos Pais.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the release of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying

13/09/2016

The report is framed by General Assembly resolution 69/158 which recognised bullying and cyberbullying as a manifestation of violence against children of global concern, and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on protecting children from bullying, emphasising its causes and effects, good practices and guidance to prevent and respond to it.

Bullying and cyberbullying compromise children’s development, health and education, generating depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, humiliation, frustration and anger. Bullying is consistently identified by children as being among their top concerns and it is one of the main reasons why they call a helpline.

SRSG report to the General Assembly calls for accelerated action towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children

08/09/2016

Progress in implementation of the Agenda 2030 targets on violence against children needs to be at the heart of the policy agenda of every nation, urges SRSG Santos Pais 

SRSG welcomes publication of Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration

07/09/2016

New York, 7 September 2016 - SRSG Santos Pais welcomes today’s launch of the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which provide guidance for the safe and effective reintegration of children into their families and communities, guided by international human rights standards and the best interests of the child. 

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes landmark decision by Paraguay to prohibit by law corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children

02/09/2016

New York, 2 September 2016 - SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the promulgation of a new law in Paraguay prohibiting corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children.

“I congratulate Paraguay for this landmark decision, which is of crucial importance for the protection of Paraguayan children from violence. The adoption of this law underlines Paraguay’s strong commitment to implement its international legal obligations on the rights of the child and in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children”, SRSG Santos Pais said. 

Renewed commitment needed to ensure a safe, non-violent, inclusive and relevant learning environment for indigenous children

08/08/2016

NEW YORK, 9 August 2016 - On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, SRSG Santos Pais welcomes this year’s focus on the right to education.

“Despite important improvements in the promotion and protection of indigenous children’s rights, the gap between international human rights instruments and their implementation remains wide and challenging. Of particular relevance to this year’s theme of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are the severe inequalities indigenous children face in accessing and enjoying education, and in enjoying their culture and language”, the SRSG said.

Drawing on a study published by her office on tackling violence against children in schools, SRSG Santos Pais recalled the particular obstacles that can confront indigenous children in the realisation of their right to an inclusive and violence-free quality education:

SRSG Santos Pais viewpoint: The 2030 Agenda-implementation, follow up and review

02/08/2016

When the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 it committed to strive for a world guided by human rights, a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and free from fear and from violence. Working towards sustained economic growth, social development and environmental protection for all, the agenda seeks to provide children and young people with a nurturing environment for the full realization of their rights and capabilities.

As well as being an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, the Agenda places the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children at the heart of its concerns and, for the very first time, sets a specific global target (16.2) to end all forms of violence against children.

SRSG welcomes the adoption of the ministerial declaration of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

26/07/2016

SRSG Santos Pais welcomed the Ministerial Declaration adopted by the 2016 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development which strives for a world of peace, free from fear and violence. "With a strong resolve to ensuring that no one is left behind, the Declaration reaffirms the international community's commitment to advance progress in children’s protection from violence," she highlighted.

Annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children

A/71/206
21/07/2016
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/137, the present report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children provides an overview of major initiatives and developments to sustain and scale up efforts to safeguard children’s freedom from violence. The report builds on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its target to end all forms of violence against children, and on the commemoration in 2016 of the tenth anniversary of the submission to the Assembly of the United Nations study on violence against children.