Convention on the Rights of the Child: Recalling its vision, pursuing its mission - Panel discussion with drafters of the Convention
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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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 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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"Dear young people, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CRC - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais
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
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.
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.
The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session. It also provided the basis for their conceptualization. The document gave the mandate that the sustainable development goals should be coherent with and integrated into the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.