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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)

CP/CG-1983/14
21/05/2014

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;

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

CRC/C/62/3
16/04/2013

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.

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

23/05/2014

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

04/06/2014

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.

Marta Santos Pais speaks about the report on violence against children in Latin America (MMI-LAC)

08/05/2014

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, speaks about the report on violence against children in Latin America published by the Global Movement for Children of Latin America and the Caribbean (MMI-LAC) in May 2014, which recognizes significant progress in this area, but also identifies remaining challenges to end all types of violence against children and adolescents.

Child-friendly version Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

01/11/2013

Child-friendly version Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

From the Foreword:

"Dear Reader,

Governments, organizations and people around the world are committed to ensuring the rights of the child and keeping children and young people protected from harm. Over the years, many important promises and commitments have been made at the international level to give children a safe and secure childhood. All children should know that these promises exist and be able to refer to them when needed.

This booklet explains the contents of one of these international commitments: the OptionalProtocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (or the OPSC for short).The OPSC is important because it explains what can be done to stop sexual violence against children and how we can help the children affected. 

Child-friendly version Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

01/11/2013

Child-friendly version Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography 

Versión amigable Protocolo Facultativo de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño relativo a un Procedimiento de Comunicaciones

Versão amigável Protocolo Facultativo ~Convernção sobre os Direitos da Criança relativo ã Instituição de um Procedimento de Comunicação 

 

From the foreword:

"Dear Reader,

Addis Ababa Declaration on Ending Child Marriage in Africa - African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)

11/04/2014
"We, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), and representatives from the African Union, the Regional Economic Communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), International Non-governmental Organisations (INGOs), UN agencies, and child rights experts from across Africa, present at the Day of General Discussion on “Ending Child Marriage in Africa” organised during the 23rd Session of the ACERWC:
 
Recognising article 21(2) of the Charter;
 
Child Marriage and the betrothal of girls and boys shall be prohibited and effective action ,including legislation, shall be taken to specify the minimum age of marriage to be 18 years and make registration of all marriages in an official registry compulsory.
 

UN NEWS CENTER - "New treaty enables children to lodge complaints with UN about rights violations"

Millions of girls and boys worldwide are victims of sexual exploitation.
14/04/2014

14 April 2014 – United Nations child rights experts today hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the world body about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, entered into force today – three months after Costa Rica became the 10th country to deposit its instrument of ratification.

Human Rights Council interactive dialogue with Special Representative on violence against children

12/03/2014

The Human Rights Council have held an interactive dialogue with the Special Representatives on violence against children and on children in armed conflict (12 March) in Geneva. Among other things, it has been highlighted that "children have a right to access justice in a system that is sensitive to their rights".