The Government has developed a national plan of action as it intensifies its drive to effectively tackle the issue of violence against children in Jamaica.
This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who noted that the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence aims to create and maintain a protective environment, supportive of children and responsive to violence against them.
The Minister was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Monday, June 30.
Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, has pointed to the need for Jamaicans to work together to speed up the pace of progress in eliminating violence against the nation’s children.
Mr. Patterson was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross-Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence held on Monday (June 30), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
The former Prime Minister commended the Child Development Agency (CDA), which, over the last 10 years, has helped to transform the lives of many children by rescuing them from violent and abusive circumstances and placing them in sound environments.
An edited version of remarks by Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna at the Opening Session of UN Cross Regional Meeting on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Children at the
Young drummers Steven Simpson (second left) and Don Antonio Phillips get their drums autographed by Youth Minister Lisa Hanna while Marta Santos Pais,
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, looks on during yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Cross -Regional Meeting
for advancing the protection of children from violence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Youth and Culture announced today, June 27, that delegates from across the world will meet in Jamaica next week to develop strategies to eliminate violence against children.
Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais will jointly host the two-day United Nations Cross-Regional meeting which begins on Monday, June 30 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
The ministry said that the high level round-table is expected to develop strategic recommendations on how the various regions of the world can collaborate on preventing and responding to violence against children. The meeting will focus attention on the protection of children without parental care and the prevention of children being placed in care institutions.
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson, has implored delegates who will be taking part in the two-day United Nations Cross-Regional meeting to give serious thought as to how to build communities that are more peaceful and safe for children.
"No matter what we do, it cannot insulate our children from the effect of violence when it is rampant in the communities where they reside. Remember, they will be influenced by the patterns of behaviour which they see all around them," Patterson said.
He was making the keynote address at the start of the cross-regional meeting yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.
This is the first time that this high-level round-table meeting is being held outside of the United Nations head office in New York.
SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.
"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
SRSG calls for the establishment of an Ombudsman for children to promote the best interests of the child and address violations of children’s rights
Berlin - At the launch of the 2014 UNICEF report “Every Child has Rights”, in Berlin, SRSG Santos Pais praised progress in the area of child protection, but recalled that many challenges persist a quarter-century after the adoption of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child. In this regard, the Special Representative highlighted the importance of establishing independent institutions for children’s rights as well as child sensitive counselling, reporting and complaint mechanisms to address violence against children as a key component of effective national strategies to safeguard children’s rights.
Regional organizations and SRSG enhance cooperation to strengthen the protection of young children from violence
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,