Regional organizations and SRSG enhance cooperation to strengthen the protection of young children from violence

Marta Santos Pais

SRSG Santos Pais and representatives from regional organisations and institutions will hold on June 30 and July 1 a Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention of violence in early childhood. The meeting is promoted by the SRSG and hosted, in Kingston, by the Government of Jamaica. 

Violence prevention in early childhood is a priority for the SRSG mandate and a critical strategy to break the cycle of violence compromising children's rights. In early years, children experience the most rapid process of growth and development; but this is also the time during which children are at high risk of violence, often associated with irreversible consequences for their health and well-being.

Joint Statement round table of regional organisations and institutions on the protection of children from all forms of violence (2013)


We, the Representatives of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the Government of Jamaica and the Global Movement for Children Latin America and Caribbean Chapter, participating in the meeting organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC)

Gathered in NY to share the results achieved in our respective regions in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the UNSG Study on violence against children;

Recognizing the critical role played by Regional Organizations and Institutions as catalysts of progress, at the regional and national levels, for the prevention and elimination of violence against children,

Recognizing the priority attached by the SRSG on VAC to the consolidation of partnerships with Regional Organizations and Institutions to accelerate progress towards the full implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children,

General Comment on Article 30 of the Africa Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child





Draft declaration on violence against and exploitation of children Organization of American States (Presented by the delegations of Paraguay and Uruguay and cosponsored by the delegation of Bolivia)


THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND HEADS OF DELEGATION OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) gathered in Asunción, Paraguay, at the forty-fourth regular session of the OAS General Assembly,

RECOGNIZING that violence against and exploitation of children occur everywhere and in all their forms, in all countries and societies and among all social groups, and make no distinction of class, culture, race, religion, gender, or nationality, particularly in vulnerable groups;

RECOGNIZINGthe significant positive impact of child welfare assistance programs on education, school retention, malnutrition reduction, and social inclusion;

RECOGNIZING FURTHER that such violence takes place in all environments in which children live,grow, develop, and interact, inter alia, in families, at home, in schools, and in communities and the media, within social welfare systems, and in juvenile justice systems;

UN concerned over increase of violence against children

 UN concerned over increase of violence against children

San José, Costa Rica, June 6, 2014– Reducing risks associated with the use of technology and promoting its beneficial potential is the theme of the International Consultation organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations organized in Costa Rica with the support of UNICEF, in cooperation with the Costa Rican government and opened by Vice President of the Republic, Ms. Ana Helena Chacon Echeverria.

Given the increasing number of cases of violence against children in Costa Rica, UN agencies and partner organizations working in children’s rights seek to establish dialogue platforms to enhance cooperation to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon that affects thousands of children and adolescents in Costa Rica and the world.

Rules of procedure under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure


Part one
General provisions

The general provisions apply to all procedures, be they individual communications, the inquiry procedure, or inter-State communications.

I. General principles guiding the functioning of the Committee

General principles

Rule 1
1. In fulfilling all functions conferred on it by the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (the Protocol), the Committee shall be guided by the principle of the best interests of the child(ren). It shall also have regard for the rights and views of the child(ren), the views of the child(ren) being given due weight in accordance with her/his/their age and maturity.

Brasil adopts landmark decision to promote child upbringing free from violence

Brasil adopts landmark decision to promote child upbringing free from violence

The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.

"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for introduction of legal ban on all forms of violence against children in every country

SRSG santos Pais participates in High-level Conference on Corporal Punishment

“The elimination of all forms of violence against children, including corporal punishment, is a human rights imperative. Crucial for child development, it is also a pre-requisite to the realisation of a peaceful society,  promoting investment in the human capital of nations and generating huge social and economic benefits." 

SRSG Santos Pais' call was made at the two-day High-Level conference “Childhood free from corporal punishment”, held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Global Child Forum 2014: Partnerships for children’s rights – today and for the future - Sweden


Global Child Forum’s annual Forums are  meeting places for informed dialogue where leaders and decision makers from every sector of society meets to strengthen effective collaboration how to advance positive impact and better results for children’s rights issues.

The Forums aim to inspire collaboration, transformative partnerships and actions which can achieve more and better results by working together across organisations, sectors and industries.

Global Child Forum has convened three annual Forums the past years, each with a different theme and focus on children’s rights. The Forum is by invitation only and aim to bring together top leaders from corporations, financial institutions, the UN and multilaterals, civil society with international political leaders, academia, selected experts and journalists.

High Level Dialogue against Corporal Punishment of Children - Interview Marta Santos Pais, Maria Larsson, Wolfgang Brandstetter and Algirdas Seselgis - Stockholm, Sweden


A conference on how to give children a childhood free from corporal punishment, took place in Stockholm 3-4 June. The conference is an initiative to start a continuous dialogue between high-level stakeholders, policy-makers and experts. Austria agreed to host a similar conference in 2016.