On Friday 25 September, the new global sustainable development agenda was unanimously adopted...
UN experts urge final push for universal ratification of Optional Protocols to Convention on the Rights of the Child
Joint statement by the Special Representative of Children and Armed Conflict, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children and the Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
New York/Geneva (25 May 2015) –Universal ratification 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) is closer than ever, UN experts have said.
Marta Santos Pais welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism
Washington D.C. (12 May 2016)– The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.
The Global Study is the culmination of two years of research led by ECPAT International in collaboration with leading child rights experts, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and private sector partners. Itreveals that both the scale and the nature of the sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism have worsened dramatically, with greater risks than ever before for children to become victims of this serious child rights violation.
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, opens in Florence, Italy, a two-day global expert consultation on bullying and cyberbullying. Hosted with the support of UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, the consultation gathers leading scientific and academic experts representing different disciplines and regions with a view to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the phenomena of bullying and cyberbullying, capturing their magnitude and impact on children and reflecting on action-oriented recommendations.
Bullying and cyberbullying are amongst children’s top concerns. This phenomenon is associated with a deep sense of isolation and helplessness and can set children off on a negative trajectory with a serious and long-lasting impact on their health, education and wellbeing.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the creation of a high level position in Sweden to protect children from trafficking
SRSG calls for creation of European-wide circle of non-violence to secure children's protection, leaving no one behind
Participating in the launch of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), SRSG Santos Pais recalled the significance of the Strategy to accelerate progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and in creating a European wide circle of non-violence to secure children’s protection from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
Special Representative Santos Pais welcomes ratification of United Arab Emirates of Optional Protocol on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the passage by the Mongolian Parliament – the State Great Hural – of the 2016 Law on the Rights of Children and the 2016 Law on Child Protection
Colombo, Sri-Lanka 16 March - Special Representative Santos Pais joined representatives from the eight countries in South Asia in a high-level roundtable to discuss and advance national and regional implementation of the violence against children related goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
The meeting was organized by the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), SAARC Apex Body with the support of ECPAT International and UNICEF, and was hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka.
The meeting highlighted the global and universal nature of the new development agenda and the imperative for all countries to ensure progress for all children, with a priority attention to those further behind.
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, supports launch of global initiative "High Time to End Violence Against Children"
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon supported the launch of the High Time to End Violence against Children Initiative on Wednesday 9 March. In his message to the participants, the Secretary-General stressed that every child has the right to freedom from all forms of violence. This is not just common sense and basic morality; it is an international legal obligation, enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty.
SRSG Santos Pais takes leading role in the preparation of Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty
Following the General Assembly’s call for an in-depth global study on children deprived of liberty, SRSG Santos Pais organized a side event in close cooperation with Member States, United Nations agencies and offices and civil society organizations to mobilize political support and commitments to the development of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, joined the event and stressed the importance of giving voice to one of the most “invisible, vulnerable” groups in modern societies: children deprived of liberty.
“Like all children, these detainees need care and protection; they need opportunities, education and guidance yet conditions in places of detention are often poor and dangerous. Many facilities are overcrowded, unsanitary and lack adequate oversight and regulation.” stressed Mr. Eliasson.