1. We, the participants in the Pan-African Forum on the Future of Children, meeting in Cairo, Egypt from 28 – 31 May 2001, within the framework of OAU Council of Ministers decision CM/Dec. 542 (LXXII) endorsed by the 36th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU); mandating the OAU Secretariat to develop an African Common Position, in consultation with relevant International and African institutions as well as the civil society organizations to be tabled before the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children in September 2001.
2. We acknowledge and affirm that it is the responsibility of African governments, citizens, families, civil society, regional and Sub-regional organizations and the international community to ensure that children in Africa realize their full range of rights.
Call for Accelerated Action on the Implementation of the Plan of Action Towards Africa Fit for Children
In 2007 in Cairo, the Ministers of African Union member states responsible for promoting and safeguarding the rights and welfare of children undertook a review of the “Call for Accelerated Action on the Implementation of the Plan of Action towards Africa Fit for Children.” They focused on ten priorities:
• devising an overall framework;
• enhancing life chances;
• overcoming HIV/AIDS;
• realising the right to education and protection;
• encouraging the participation of youth and children;
• spurring action at all levels;
• fostering international partnership;
• executing follow-up actions, monitoring, and a call to action.
London, 22 July 2014 - SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Girl Summit held in London, UK. The Girl Summit rallied a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. The event was webcasted here.
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The Caribbean Meeting for Follow-up to the Recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children was held in Kingston, Jamaica on 14 and 15 May 2012 to encourage more widespread dissemination of the UN Study and renewed commitments to follow up on its recommendations at sub-regional and national levels. The meeting was also meant to raise awareness about violence against children in the Caribbean, to promote exchange of experiences, and stimulate further progress in priority areas of concern.
The meeting was hosted by the Government of Jamaica, organized with the Global Movement for Children in Latin American and the Caribbean (GMC–LAC) in partnerships with the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children (Marta Santos País), and benefited from the support of CARICOM.
Regions define actions to curb violence against young children - SRSG organizes Fourth Cross-Regional Round Table in Jamaica
Kingston, 1 July 2014 - Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, the SRSG convenes each year a Cross-Regional Round Table on violence against children. This important annual forum enables regional organizations and institutions to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, share planned initiatives and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.
This year and for the first time, the Round Table also addressed a priority area of common concern: the prevention and elimination of violence in early childhood.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In a groundbreaking new report to be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, this week, prominent Caribbean leaders, including religious leaders, call for an end to corporal punishment of children in their homes and families and all settings of their lives.
The report charts progress and delay in prohibiting violent punishment of children across the Caribbean.
It follows up recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment and other cruel and degrading punishment of children in all settings, made to governments in 2006 by the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children. The new report is published by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children in collaboration with the Global Movement for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will be launched at a Caribbean regional meeting following up the UN Study, being held in Kingston, Jamaica on May 14 and 15.
[13 May 2012] - Caribbean leaders will converge at the Jamaica Conference Centre May 14-15, to discuss stepping up efforts to tackle the regional epidemic of violence against children.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, and Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, are among 150 delegates from CARICOM Member-States, civil society groups and adolescents who will participate in the meeting.
The meeting is hosted by the Government of Jamaica and co-organised with the SRSG, the Global Movement for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean and CARICOM.
Study on the Follow-up to the implementation of the UN Study o Violence against Children for the Caribbean
FOREWORD SRSG Santos Pais
Caribbean Study on Violence against Children 2013
In 2001, the Committee on the Rights of the Child called for a comprehensive UN study on violence against children. A widely participatory process was set in motion for its development in which a wide range of actors within and beyond the United Nations system took part, including States, civil society organizations, religious leaders and children and adolescents.
As part of this process, nine regional consultations on violence against children were held, the very first convened in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. With this important meeting, the Caribbean region initiated a crucial process of regional involvement and ownership in favour of children’s protection from violence.
Resolution on Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps - Human Rights Council (24th Session)
Strengthening efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps
The Human Rights Council,
Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as other relevant human rights instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices similar to Slavery,
Resolution on Human Rights in the Administration of Justice, including Juvenile Justice - Human Rights Council (24th Session)
Human rights in the administration of justice, including juvenile justice
The Human Rights Council,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all relevant international treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the Optional Protocol thereto, as well as the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and encouraging all States that have not ratified or acceded to the afore-mentioned treaties to consider doing so expeditiously,