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.
Violence against children and ICTs, a key concern addressed in the SRSG’s report to the General Assembly
The 2014 Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the UN General Assembly is now available in six languages. Issued during the year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report gives special attention to the opportunities and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies, putting forward core recommendations to minimize possible risks and release children’s potential in the digital world. This year’s report underscores the urgency of securing the right to freedom from violence for all children, including those at special risk of discrimination, stigma, neglect, abuse and exploitation, as is the case of those with albinism and accused of witchcraft.
Annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (2014)
Summary report on the panel discussion on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1. In its resolution 24/23, the Human Rights Council decided to convene, at its twenty-sixth session, a panel discussion on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage, with a particular focus on challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps, and requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a summary report on the panel discussion. The present report was prepared pursuant to that request.
2. Also in resolution 24/23, the Human Rights Council requested OHCHR to prepare a report on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage, with a particular focus on challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps, to be presented to the Council at its twenty-sixth session.