Resolution on Strengthening collaboration on child protection within the United Nations system - United Nations general Assembly (68th Session)
Strengthening collaboration on child protection within the United Nations system
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,
Reaffirming also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Reaffirming further the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols,and recalling all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child and its resolution 66/139, adopted on 19 December 2011,
Recognizing the primary role and responsibility of the State in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, including child protection, bearing in mind the importance of relevant actors of the United Nations supporting the State in this regard,
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For centuries, Jamaicans have used corporal punishment - spanking, slapping, flogging, beating, whipping, whacking or thrashing - to discipline children.
But now, international organisations, led by the
But this is not going down well with scores of Jamaicans, who are stunned that what has been a cultural norm in nurturing the young is being deemed "violence against children".
For the average Jamaican parent, there is a big difference between violence or child abuse and punishing a child so he will know what is wrong or right.
Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.
Speaking at The Gleaner's Editors' Forum yesterday,
"We realise that the process of change that we need to see happen in all societies is much deeper and longer than to tick off the box of having a new law," she stated.
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.