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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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.

SRSG Santos Pais key-note speaker in launch of first national household survey on violence against children in Asia

SRSG key-note speaker in launch of first national household survey on violence
22/10/2014

Phnom Penh, 22 October 2014 – In a three-day mission to Cambodia, SRSG Santos Pais joined the Government of Cambodia in the launch of the findings of the national Survey on Violence against Children. SRSG Santos Pais commended the Government for conducting this groundbreaking survey and for committing to a policy response and noted that it can provide a model for Asia and across regions.

During her visit, she also discussed the findings of the survey with senior government leaders, civil society organizations and representatives of young people.

SRSG Santos Pais in Cambodia to participate in the launch of National Survey on Violence against Children - Phnom Penh - Wednesday, 22th October 2014

Launch of Cambodia National Survey on Violence against Children - Phnom Penh - 2
22/10/2014

SRSG Santos Pais initiated today a three-day visit to Cambodia to participate in the launch of the findings of a survey conducted in 2013 on violence against children across the country. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 22th, in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia is the first country in East Asia and the Pacific region to conduct a survey to provide data on the prevalence of violence against children. This survey makes violence ‘visible’ with national estimates that show the magnitude and nature of the issue. The survey data will enable Cambodia to drive action, identify gaps, and target investments and interventions to prevent and address violence against children.

Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post-2015 development agenda- SRSG launches review of consultations with children across regions

Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post-2015 deve
16/10/2014

More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children’s opinions and their recommendations for the future. “The message from the children involved in the consultations has been clear and unambiguous: violence is a major obstacle to child development and it urgently needs to be brought to an end!” - she said.