SRSG Santos Pais participated in Bangkok, Thailand, in the second meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice Subcommittee for ASEAN. Addressing juvenile justice priorities for the region, the meeting provided a momentous platform to brief governmental delegations from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty and to identify opportunities for the ASEAN region to support its important preparation.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children in Viet Nam
Ha Noi (Viet Nam), 22 June, 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, has concluded a three day visit to Viet Nam, welcoming significant developments and calling on the government, civil society and all stakeholders for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children. As in other parts of the world, in Viet Nam children are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and violence at the home; to the persistence of cross-border trafficking, sexual exploitation and child labour; to the overuse of detention of child offenders; and to the increasing threat of online abuse.
Special Representative (SRSG) Marta Santos Pais conducted an official visit to Uruguay from 22nd to 25th of May on the occasion of the the Presidency Pro tempore of Uruguay.
The mission included the participation in the the Permanent Commission of Niñ@ Sur,the International Seminar “Niñ@ Sur, " it is High Time” and a Regional Consultation co-organized with the Government of Uruguay and the Latin America and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMI LAC) with children and adolescents on bullying and cyber bullying.
The visit also included a dialogue with governmental officials, representatives of the Independent Human Rights Institution, civil society representatives, as well as, children and young people, including children deprived of their liberty.
Day of the African Child: Protecting all children's rights and investing in children is paramount for Africa
Conflict and crisis in Africa have a devastating impact on children’s right to life, the right to live in a family environment, the right to protection from violence, the right to health and education and the right to survival and development.
Regardless of whether in times of conflict or in times of peace, children have the right to protection from violence wherever they may be and to grow up in a safe and supportive environment in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.
SRSG Santos Pais commends pioneering Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
SRSG Santos Pais joined the launch of the Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, an initiative promoted by ECPAT Luxembourg and ECPAT International.
The Guidelines are the result of an in-depth reflexion by a Global Interagency Working Group on the words used to refer to some of the worst violations of children’s dignity and sexual integrity. Their aim is to build consensus on key concepts in order to strengthen the effectiveness of the action taken to protect children from these forms of violence. “ Even where the same terms are used, there is often disagreement concerning their actual meaning, resulting in confusion and challenges for law-makers, child protection agencies, media and civil society groups” explained Dorothy Rozga, Executive Director of ECPAT.
SRSG Santos Pais joined hands with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the United Nations to promote a discussion with Professor Dan Olweus on “Key Elements of a Successful Bullying Prevention Programme”.
The session, held in the Permanent Mission of Mexico, brought together, member states representatives, UN Agencies, civil society organizations and academia discussed the impact of bullying in children and young people and key measures to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon.
Professor Olweus who has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bullying among schoolchildren and young people for more than thirty-five years, is recognized as a pioneer and founding father of research on bullying and as a world-leading expert in this area.
"Rights of the child
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming all of its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, the most recent of which was resolution 69/157 of 18 December 2014, and in particular recognizing the importance of resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, in which it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, (...)
Expresses support for the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, and recognizes the progress achieved since the establishment of her mandate in promoting the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in all regions and in advancing the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children, including through her regional and thematic consultations and field missions, and thematic reports addressing emerging concerns;
Ahead of the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, marked annually on 4 June, the UN News Centre sat down with Mrs. Santos Pais. The interview touched on the state of the world's children and her work with UN entities, governments, regional organizations and civil society partners to effect positive change.
UN News Centre: Ten years ago, the UN released a global study on violence against children that said the problem was widespread and often underreported. Is the world a safer place for children today?
On 19 and 20 May the International Seminar "Monitoring and supervision of centres of deprivation of liberty for children" was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This activity was co-organized by UNICEF Argentina and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG VAC) as a contribution to the preparation of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty requested by the UN Secretary General.