Freedom from violence
24. Encourages States to implement the recommendations made in the United Nations study on violence against children, building upon the follow-up process promoted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, urging them to prioritize prevention in order to address the serious incidence and long-term impact of all forms of violence against children perpetrated throughout the world, in their homes and families, in schools and other education centres, in care and justice systems,
workplaces and in communities;
Declaration of the Young Persons of the Caribbean
Kingston, Jamaica, 15 May 2012
"We, child and youth representatives from the Caribbean have gathered in Jamaica for the Violence against Children Sub-Regional Conference to proclaim the present Declaration:
Violence can be described as using your position of power or strength to inflict intentional damage to someone. This may include emotional or mental damage and not merely the physical.
Violence or any violent environment is not fit for a child. Children are more sensitive than adults realize. Things mean much more to a child than what an adult can see.
Rights of the child
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming all its previous resolutions on the rights of the child in their entirety, the most recent of which is resolution 66/141 of 19 December 2011,
UN General Assembly adopts Resolution on the Rights of the Child recommending the renewal of the SRSG mandate for a further period of three years
The SRSG welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations of the Omnibus Resolution on the Rights of the Child and reaffirms her strong commitment to pursue her global advocacy work to break the invisibility and impunity surrounding incidents of violence against children across regions.
SRSG participates in conference on "Stepping up Progress in Combating Violence against Children" in Ankara, Turkey
SRSG Santos Pais joined high-level governmental officials and leading child rights experts from across Europe in the conference “Stepping up Progress in Combating Violence against Children”, held in Ankara, Turkey.
The event was organized by the Government of Turkey, the Council of Europe and UNICEF, in collaboration with the SRSG on Violence against Children.
The conference aimed at exchanging European experiences in designing and implementing integrated national strategies and addressing gaps in the safeguard of children’s protection from violence.
The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the findings of the SRSG’s Global Survey on Violence against Children and recommend priority actions to accelerate progress in children’s protection from violence.
Universal Children’s Day - "No room for complacency to prevent and prohibit crimes against children"
GENEVA / NEW YORK (20 November 2012) – Five top United Nations child rights experts* today urged world Governments to adopt more active measures to protect children from all forms of violence, to prevent the perpetration of crimes against children and to bring to justice those responsible for child sexual exploitation and for the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.
SRSG highlights crucial role played by Ombudsman in the protection of human rights in modern societies
SRSG Marta Santos Pais was a keynote speaker at the XVII Annual Session of the Iberoamerican Federation of Ombudsman held in San Jose, Costa Rica on October 24 and 25 with representatives of institutions from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
In a region acknowledged to be the most violent in the world, where 80,000 children die every year as a result of abuse, Ms. Santos Pais highlighted the strategic role played by independent national human rights institutions and Ombudspersons in the region to accelerate progress on the prevention and response to violence against children, to identify positive practices and to recommend actions to strengthen collaboration amongst independent institutions.
Member States and regional institutions of Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirm their commitment to accelerate efforts for the prevention and elimination of violence against children and decide to support establishment of a regional Task Force on VAC
Representatives of MERCOSUR, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and of the Government of the Dominican Republic, alongside the Latin America and the Caribbean Movement for Children (MMI LAC) gathered in New York in an event organized with the SRSG on Violence against Children on protection of children from violence. The event was sponsored by the Governments of Brazil, Uruguay, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic and included the participation of three young representatives of the Children's led organizations involved on the process of follow up to the UN Study in the Latin America region.