New York, 20 August 2015- The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) issued six new stamps to raise awareness about ending violence against children and to support the work of the United Nations to support the protection of children from violence.
The stamp designs address the themes of sexual violence against children, child marriage, child trafficking, armed violence, gender-based violence and child labour.
UN child rights committee and UN Special Representative on Violence against Children condemn Shafqat Hussein execution
GENEVA/NEW YORK (5 August 2015) – The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children have condemned the execution in Pakistan of Shafqat Hussein, who was reportedly 14 years old when he was convicted of murder.
“The execution of Shafqat Hussein is regrettable and in flagrant contravention of Pakistan’s national and international obligations,” said Committee Chair Benyam Dawit Mezmur.
“This execution is deeply saddening and goes against Pakistan’s commitments to children’s rights. Pakistan was one of the main supporters of the World Summit for Children in 1990, and was amongst the first states to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Special Representative Marta Santos Pais.
On Sunday, 2 August, the Member States of the United Nations agreed the final text of “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the post 2015 outcome document for adoption at the UN Summit in September in New York. The vision in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of “a world free of fear and violence”, and the significant new goals and targets towards ending all forms of violence against children are a rallying call to urgent action.
Financing for Development requires move in resources from billions to trillions - savings from ending violence against children will be a crucial contribution
Addis Ababa, 13 July 2015 - SRSG Santos Pais co-hosted with Unicef an event at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where a Global Partnership and associated Fund to end violence against children was announced. This new initiative seeks to mobilize the resources needed to deliver on Target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDG) to “End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.”
The Global Partnership is expected to mobilize wide cross regional support for the implementation of the SDGs related to violence against children, and a vehicle to galvanize greater investment in solutions to reduce violence in the lives of children, as well as to generate new and greater funding.
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2014
[on the report of the Third Committee (A/69/484)]
69/158. Protecting children from bullying
The General Assembly,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child and that States parties to the Convention shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized therein,
European Parliament resolution on the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2014 [on the report of the Third Committee (A/69/484)] A/RES/69/157. Rights of the child The General Assembly,
Reaffirming all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child in their entirety, the most recent of which is resolution 68/147 of 18 December 2013, and in particular recognizing the importance of resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, in which it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and welcoming the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its adoption in 2014,
Emphasizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, and bearing in mind the importance of the Optional Protocols to the Convention,2 and calling for their universal ratification and effective implementation, as well as that of other human rights instruments,
11 March, 2015 - Clustered Interactive dialogue Item 3 - Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development:
- Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children A/HRC/28/55
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.