Renewed commitment needed to ensure a safe, non-violent, inclusive and relevant learning environment for indigenous children
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 welcomes the adoption of the ministerial declaration of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
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.
Joining the launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomed it as an opportunity to harness the ever-growing support for the protection of children.
The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is launched at an auspicious time, as world leaders gather to review implementation of Agenda 2030. Target 16.2 of Agenda 2030 seeks to end all forms of violence against children along with the other violence-related SDG targets. The Global Partnership can help bring the leading role of governments together with the energy and commitment of civil society, the private sector, foundations, and children themselves.
SRSG Santos Pais participated in Bangkok, Thailand, in the second meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice Subcommittee for ASEAN. Addressing juvenile justice priorities for the region, the meeting provided a momentous platform to brief governmental delegations from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty and to identify opportunities for the ASEAN region to support its important preparation.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children in Viet Nam
Ha Noi (Viet Nam), 22 June, 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, has concluded a three day visit to Viet Nam, welcoming significant developments and calling on the government, civil society and all stakeholders for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children. As in other parts of the world, in Viet Nam children are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and violence at the home; to the persistence of cross-border trafficking, sexual exploitation and child labour; to the overuse of detention of child offenders; and to the increasing threat of online abuse.
Special Representative (SRSG) Marta Santos Pais conducted an official visit to Uruguay from 22nd to 25th of May on the occasion of the the Presidency Pro tempore of Uruguay.
The mission included the participation in the the Permanent Commission of Niñ@ Sur,the International Seminar “Niñ@ Sur, " it is High Time” and a Regional Consultation co-organized with the Government of Uruguay and the Latin America and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMI LAC) with children and adolescents on bullying and cyber bullying.
The visit also included a dialogue with governmental officials, representatives of the Independent Human Rights Institution, civil society representatives, as well as, children and young people, including children deprived of their liberty.
Day of the African Child: Protecting all children's rights and investing in children is paramount for Africa
Conflict and crisis in Africa have a devastating impact on children’s right to life, the right to live in a family environment, the right to protection from violence, the right to health and education and the right to survival and development.
Regardless of whether in times of conflict or in times of peace, children have the right to protection from violence wherever they may be and to grow up in a safe and supportive environment in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
SRSG Santos Pais commends pioneering Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
SRSG Santos Pais joined the launch of the Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, an initiative promoted by ECPAT Luxembourg and ECPAT International.
The Guidelines are the result of an in-depth reflexion by a Global Interagency Working Group on the words used to refer to some of the worst violations of children’s dignity and sexual integrity. Their aim is to build consensus on key concepts in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the action taken to protect children from these forms of violence. “ Even where the same terms are used, there is often disagreement concerning their actual meaning, resulting in confusion and challenges for law-makers, child protection agencies, media and civil society groups” explained Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director of ECPAT.
SRSG Santos Pais joined hands with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the United Nations to promote a discussion with Professor Dan Olweus on “Key Elements of a Successful Bullying Prevention Programme”.
The session, held in the Permanent Mission of Mexico, brought together, member states representatives, UN Agencies, civil society organizations and academia discussed the impact of bullying in children and young people and key measures to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon.
Professor Olweus who has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bullying among schoolchildren and young people for more than thirty-five years, is recognized as a pioneer and founding father of research on bullying and as a world-leading expert in this area.