During her visit this week to Jakarta, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, congratulated the Government of Indonesia for addressing violence against children in its new National Medium Term Development Plan (2015 – 2019).
“Violence against children is a global phenomenon. It happens in all countries and in all groups of society - including in Indonesia. It’s often hidden in plain sight, and in many cases socially condoned,” Ms. Santos Pais said.
"But let’s be clear,” she added, “Violence against children is never justified and all violence against children can be effectively prevented. With strong political will, wide mobilization and steady action, it can be brought to an end.”
New Report on Violence against Children in Africa calls for accelerated efforts across the continent to protect children from violence
A new report The African Report on Violence against Children was launched on 11th February at the United Nations in New York, in an event jointly organized by the African Union, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Permanent Mission of Zambia and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF).
The report, conducted by ACPF, reveals that despite the significant legal and policy measures undertaken in the region to protect children, African girls and boys are subjected to high levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence across all levels of society.
This comprehensive report is the first of its kind in the region and builds upon the commitment by African Union Member States to promote an Africa Fit for Children, stressed Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children.
The present annual report reviews, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/147, key initiatives promoted by the Special Representative. It builds on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda, and highlights the potential and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies.
1. 2014 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which provided significant opportunities to mobilize enhanced support for children’s protection from violence. During the year, three important processes gained special relevance for children and countries across regions.
Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015
Report of the Fifth Committee*
Rapporteur: Mr. Ken Siah (Singapore)
1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 20 September 2013, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-eighth session the item entitled “Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015” and to allocate it to the Fifth Committee.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 27 December 2013
[on the report of the Fifth Committee (A/68/689)]
68/246. Questions relating to the proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014–2015
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming its resolutions 41/213 of 19 December 1986, 42/211 of 21 December 1987, 45/248 B, section VI, of 21 December 1990, 55/231 of 23 December 2000, 56/253 of 24 December 2001, 58/269 and 58/270 of 23 December 2003, 59/276, section XI, of 23 December 2004, 60/283 of 7 July 2006, 61/263 of 4 April 2007, 62/236 of 22 December 2007, 63/262 of 24 December 2008, 64/243 of 24 December 2009, 65/259 of 24 December 2010, 66/246 and 66/247 of 24 December 2011, 66/258 of 9 April 2012 and 67/248 of 24 December 2012,
Reports Third Committee to the Pleenary (69th Session United Nations General Assembly) here
Agenda item 105
Crime prevention and criminal justice
Report of the Third Committee
1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 19 September 2014, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-ninth session the item entitled “Crime prevention and criminal justice” and to allocate it to the Third Committee.
2. The Third Committee considered the item at its 5th, 6th, 7th, 15th, 26th, 42nd, 52nd and 54th meetings, on 9, 10, 16 and 23 October and on 6, 24 and 25 November 2014. At its 5th, 6th and 7th meetings, on 9 and 10 October, the Commite held a general discussion on the item jointly with item 106, entitled “International drug control”. An account of the Comitee’s discussion is contained in the relevant summary records (A/C.3/69/SR.5-7, 15, 26, 42, 52 and 54).
1. At its 2nd plenary meeting, on 19 September 2014, the General Assembly, on the recommendation of the General Committee, decided to include in the agenda of its sixty-ninth session the item entitled:
Promotion and protection of the rights of children:
(a) Promotion and protection of the rights of children;
(b) Follow-up to the outcome of the special session on children and to allocate it to the Third Committee.
The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General On the Post-2015 Agenda
1. A Universal Call to Action to Transform our World beyond 2015
1. The year 2015 offers a unique opportunity for global leaders and people to end poverty, transform the world to better meet human needs and the necessities of economic transformation, while protecting our environment, ensuring peace and realizing human rights.
2. We are at a historic crossroads, and the directions we take will determine whether we will succeed or fail on our promises. With our globalized economy and sophisticated technology, we can decide to end the age-old ills of extreme poverty and hunger. Or we can continue to degrade our planet and allow intolerable inequalities to sow bitterness and despair. Our ambition is to achieve sustainable development for all.