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.
San José, Costa Rica, June 6, 2014– Reducing risks associated with the use of technology and promoting its beneficial potential is the theme of the International Consultation organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations organized in Costa Rica with the support of UNICEF, in cooperation with the Costa Rican government and opened by Vice President of the Republic, Ms. Ana Helena Chacon Echeverria.
Given the increasing number of cases of violence against children in Costa Rica, UN agencies and partner organizations working in children’s rights seek to establish dialogue platforms to enhance cooperation to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon that affects thousands of children and adolescents in Costa Rica and the world.
The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.
"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for introduction of legal ban on all forms of violence against children in every country
“The elimination of all forms of violence against children, including corporal punishment, is a human rights imperative. Crucial for child development, it is also a pre-requisite to the realisation of a peaceful society, promoting investment in the human capital of nations and generating huge social and economic benefits."
SRSG Santos Pais' call was made at the two-day High-Level conference “Childhood free from corporal punishment”, held in Stockholm, Sweden.
SRSG makes strong call for strengthening the protection of children from violence in Central America, Dominican Republic and Belize
Participating in the Commission on Security of the Central American Integration System (SICA), SRSG Santos Pais welcomed progress achieved in many Central American countries in ensuring the protection of children from violence through legislative reforms, the adoption of national integrated policy frameworks, the strengthening of institutions and a process of public information, communication and social mobilization.
Despite these significant advances, progress remains slow and fragmented. While violence continues to destroy the lives of thousands of children and adolescents around the world, Central America is considered the most violent region for children, where violence is associated with organized crime, drug trafficking, guns availability and gangs’ action.
“The adoption of the Model Strategies on the Elimination of Violence against Children in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is a milestone in the world’s commitment towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children”, stressed SRSG Santos Pais.
Firmly anchored in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this landmark text was adopted at the May 2014 session of the UNODC Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and will be submitted to the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
UN Model Strategies on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The General Assembly,
Recalling the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and all other relevant international and regional treaties,
Latin America Advances on Efforts to Reduce Violence against Children - Launch of MMI-LAC report with the participation of SRSG Santos Pais in Panama
· 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
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.