Latin America Advances on Efforts to Reduce Violence against Children - Launch of MMI-LAC report with the participation of SRSG Santos Pais in Panama

"Latin America Advances on Efforts to Reduce Violence against Children"

·  South America, as a sub region, has advanced the most in the creation of public policies for the protection of children from violence. Some countries in Central America have introduced good legislative reforms. Despite these positive results, both sub regions still lack sound data reporting systems on violence against children.

Why it is crucial to place the protection of children from violence at the centre of the global sustainable development agenda


The protection of boys and girls from all forms of violence is a concern the international community cannot afford to omit from the post-2015 development agenda.

In fact, freedom from violence is indispensable to a sustainable future in which children will be able to grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and protected from abuse and neglect. A future in which equity and social progress will be a reality for all members of the human family.

Despite important progress made in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), countries affected by violence have been lagging behind. They have a higher risk of poverty and malnourishment, higher levels of child mortality, poorer health and higher rates of children out of school.

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child adopts Declaration on Ending Child Marriage in Africa

Ending Child Marriage in Africa - African Union Photo: UNICEF / Kate Holt

The declaration, adopted during the last session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urges “Member States to combat child marriage through setting the minimum age for marriage at 18 years for both girls and boys without exception, including establishing an effective mechanism for registration of birth, marriage and termination of marriage”. 

Furthermore, the declaration calls upon African Union Member States to legislate against child marriage and the justification thereof and providing for penal consequences for the violation of the law. 

Toward a World Free from Violence - Global Survey on Violence against Children (booklet)

The Global Survey is the first comprehensive assessment of progress in preventing and eliminating violence against children since the groundbreaking 2006 UN Study on Violence against Children. The Global Survey was informed by national reports received from more than 100 governments, as well as inputs from regional organizations and institutions, the UN, civil society, children and young people. 

Governments, UN experts and civil society make strong call for ratification of Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (Video)


Member states, UN experts and civil society representatives spoke at one voice to call for a swift ratification of the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure, at an event organized to celebrate the entry into force of the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Optional Protocol that enables children and their representatives to submit complaints to the Committee on the Rights of the Child about specific violations of their rights, was ratified by 10 countries* and entered into force this Monday.

The event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Albania, Costa Rica, Germany, Montenegro, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand, and the International Coalition for the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure. 

Children can now lodge complaints with the UN about violations of their rights


GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into force following its ratification by the required 10 countries*.

“Today marks the beginning of a new era for children’s rights. Children are now further empowered as this Optional Protocol recognises their capacity to exercise and claim their own rights,” the four UN child rights experts** said.

SRSG and Global Child Forum launch partnership to protect children from violence


SRSG Santos Pais and the Global Child Forum signed in Stockholm, Sweden, a strategic partnership agreement to safeguard children's right to freedom from violence

The agreement promotes collaboration with the corporate sector to support the implementation of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children, and advance progress in the follow-up to the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children.

The cooperation agreement foresees the development of an online platform on children’s rights in the digital world to prevent child abuse and other online risks and support children's skills, confidence and safety when accessing information and communication technologies.

SRSG joins Child Parliamentarians in Slovenia to advance the protection of children’s rights

SRSG joins Child Parliamentarians in Slovenia

The Children's Parliament of Slovenia is committed to place children’s rights high on the political agenda in the year that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On April 7th, SRSG Santos Pais joined the Slovenian Prime-Minister and other members of Government, members of the National Assembly and children's organizations in a lively session on the “Future of our societies – views of children and adolescents on the world's development” during which young parliamentarians requested more attention to be given to their views and recommendations.

“We recognize we are different, but we are also equal and no one should be excluded”, stressed the young participants. "The economic crisis cannot compromise children's rights or aggravate their marginalisation" they added.

SRSG celebrates Roma Day in Slovenia and calls for an end to discrimination and for better living conditions for children and their community

SRSG celebrates Roma Day

SRSG Santos Pais joined the celebration of the International Roma Day participating in an event organized with the Roma community in Trebnje, in Slovenia.

The event in which Roma young children and their families took active part, marked the launch of the process of regularization of housing for the members of this community.

The event also served to recall that the Roma community remains victim of exclusion and discrimination, often lacking access to basic social services of quality, including pre-schooling and education, health, safe drinking water, sanitation and adequate housing.