Vientiane, 23rd 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.”
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
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.
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
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.
SRSG Santos Pais presented her annual report in an interactive dialogue with the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
"25 years after its adoption, the CRC is as relevant as it was in 1989. Despite important progress achieved in many regards, fear and pain continue to haunt the lives of millions of children. For these children, the convention is a broken promise." - she said.
Releasing Children's Potential and Minimizing Risks - ICTs, the Internet and Violence against Children
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are developing ever more rapidly, with profound effects upon societies around the world. They bring with them enormous benefits and opportunities, most especially by facilitating access
to the Internet. ICTs are creating new ways of communicating, learning, delivering services and doing business.
For children and youth, who are often particularly adept at harnessing the potential of these technologies, ICTs and the Internet represent an important opportunity for empowerment and engagement, offering new means of experiencing creative processes, communication, social interaction, entertainment and learning. Children are not simply passive recipients of information; they are also engaged participants and actors in the online world.
Why Children’s Protection from Violence should be at the Heart of the Post-2015 Development Agenda - A Review of Consultations on the ost-2015 Development Agenda
Freedom from violence is critical to achieving a sustainable future in which every child can grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and effectively protected from neglect, abuse and exploitation.
As the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws near, the international community is discussing how to shape a sustainable development agenda beyond 2015.
SRSG Santos Pais congratulates Nobel Peace Prize Winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi and praises the award Committee for honouring the human rights of children
“I wish to congratulate two remarkable champions of children’s rights, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, on the award of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
This award pays tribute to their decisive contribution to the cause of children’s rights, in particular to the elimination of discrimination and violence against children. It is also a recognition of the importance of this cause for the building of peaceful and cohesive societies.
UN Agencies and Experts, civil society organizations and more than 40 Member States representatives came together to advocate for the inclusion of violence against children as a key concern in the post-2015 development agenda. Held during the high level segment of the 69th General Assembly in New York, the side-event was convened by the Governments of Benin, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Paraguay and Sweden,together with leading child protection organizations and the SRSG on Violence against Children.