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Day of the African Child - SRSG welcomes decision to devote the theme to: “Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility.”

Day of the African Child - Marta Santos Pais
14/06/2013

"On the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, it is imperative to express our determination to work for the protection of children from all forms of violence, including harmful practices.

World Day against Child Labour: “Violence is a daily reality for many child domestic workers” – SRSG Santos Pais

Photo: Sévaré, Mali. Young domestic worker washing clothes, 2010 © ILO/M
12/06/2013

On World Day against Child Labour, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called on all governments, civil society and the public to join efforts in the fight against child domestic labour.

SRSG joins in Finland the launch of UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report on children with disabilities

State of the World's Children 2013 - Children with Disabilities
30/05/2013

During her mission to Finland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the new UNICEF report on the State of the World’s Children, which focuses on the challenges that children with disabilities face in ensuring their participation as full members of society and the enjoyment of children’s rights in supportive and a violent free environment.

"Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America" - A joint report from SRSG-VAC, ILO, UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF

Marta Santos Pais SRSG study on Violence against Indigenous Girls
28/05/2013

" This new report, Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women: a call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, is a thoughtful contribution to the global agenda to prevent and eliminate violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. It offers valuable insights, positive experiences and comprehensive recommendations, including a set of guiding principles to accelerate progress and inspire further debate and innovative action to protect girls and women from violence in all its forms and in all contexts where incidents may occur. I am confident that the report will serve as an inspiring reference for consolidating sustainable achievements and building a world where the rights of indigenous children are effectively safeguarded and protection from violence is a reality for all."*

SRSG commends child centered approach promoted by Norwegian Children’s Houses in dealing with incidents of violence against children

SRSG commends child centered approach promoted by Norwegian Children’s Houses
26/05/2013

From 23 to 27 of May the Special Representative conducted an official visit to Norway. The visit took place on the occasion of the Parliament’s review of the governmental White Paper on violence in the family and in close relations. The White Paper, developed by the Ministries for Children, Health and Justice provides a significant evidence base to inform more targeted and effective prevention and services to those affected by violence in the family and close relations, including vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

"Maldives has strategic opportunity to translate international commitments to children's rights into tangible legal, policy and programmatic action for the prevention and elimination of violence against children"

SRSG Marta Santos Pais visited the Maldives
08/05/2013

In a five-day visit to the Maldives, SRSG Marta Santos Pais expressed her support to national efforts to address concerns about a young girl of 15 years of age victim of sexual abuse and sentenced to flogging, whose case has received worldwide attention and whose protection remains a serious concern.

“I welcome the expression of condemnation by the President and other Maldivian authorities, as well as civil society, of the sentence issued against this this girl. This case is in fact paradigmatic of the wider situation of violence against children, and provides all of us with an important opportunity to push for change to prevent similar cases from happening again. In this regard, I also welcome the decision of the President to set up a Child Protection Committee to identify loopholes in the child protection system and to present recommendations to overcome existing challenges.” said the SRSG.

SRSG welcomes landmark decision by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to develop model strategies for the elimination of violence against children in crime prevention and criminal justice

29/04/2013

29 April 2013 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the adoption by the 23rd session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of a resolution calling for model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

The resolution builds upon the joint report issued in 2012 by the Special Representative, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system.

Violence against children features highly at the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice during presentation of Joint Report on Prevention of and Responses to Violence against Children

Marta Santos Pais UNDOC
25/04/2013

25 April 2013 - A side event on the crucial issue of violence against children in the criminal justice system took place during the 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Speakers view the UN's standard and norms in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice as offering strong support to children, but they also expressed fear that violence against children increases the likelihood of further violence.

During the event, the "Joint Report of UNODC, OHCHR and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children on Prevention of and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System" was presented to the audience.

SRSG welcomes historic adoption of Arms Trade Treaty

04/04/2013

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomed the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "This new treaty constitutes a crucial piece in the international normative framework for the protection of children from violence and for the prevention of the detrimental impact of armed violence on children's well being".
 
Adopted on April 2, the arms treaty regulates international trade in conventional weapons and makes it harder for human rights abusers, criminal offenders and arms traffickers to obtain weapons. The treaty requires countries to assess the risks that weapons may pose to the commission of serious acts of gender-based violence and of violence against children, prior to authorizing arms exports.
 

SRSG joins high-level Government officials, UNICEF and civil society representatives in strong call for inclusion of children protection from violence in the post 2015 development agenda

Marta Santos Pais
25/03/2013

SRSG Santos Pais joined high-level Government officials, UNICEF and civil society representatives in a strong call for the inclusion of children protection from violence as a key dimension in the post 2015 development agenda.

Hosted by UNICEF, the event "The Prevention of Violence against children and its place in the Post-2015 Agenda" was co-organized by the Governments of Canada and Liberia, moderated by the Government of Sweden, and also included the participation of a representative from the US Government, of the Global Director of the UN Millennium Campaign and of the Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance.