New York, 14 October 2016 – The SRSG on violence against children launches a new landmark publication on the protection of children from bullying and cyberbullying today. Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace brings together reflections and recommendations for action from leading experts around the world and builds on the recently published report of the UN Secretary-General on the protection of children from bullying.
Secretary-General’s report on bullying provides strong foundation for accelerated action to end the torment for children
New York, 12 October 2016 - Speaking today at the presentation of the recently published Secretary-General’s report on the protection of children from bullying to the General Assembly, SRSG Santos Pais outlines both the progress that has been made at a global level in tackling this form of violence against children and the substantial challenges that remain.
SRSG marks the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child. Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement
“As we commemorate the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child in the era of the data revolution it is critical that reliable and disaggregated data is captured and used to inform policy decisions and support social change. The failure to capture gender dimensions of violence in data and research can compromise the impact of our efforts to address violence in its various forms and manifestations”, said SRSG Santos Pais.
SRSG marks with partners the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children on the occasion of the Human Rights Council
The Special Representative joined the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect, a wide group of civil society organizations, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children in a panel discussion to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children on the margins of the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council on 27 September in Geneva. The event was co-sponsored by the Governments of Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and Uruguay.
The panel discussion examined achievements made since the presentation of the UN Study on Violence against Children in 2006 and identified emerging challenges and strategic opportunities for accelerating progress towards the elimination of violence against, including in the context of Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes launch of Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour
A new Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour was launched today at a side event of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York. SDG Alliance 8.7 builds on the momentum created by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and brings together all key stakeholders to focus efforts on the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of all forms of child labour. Alliance 8.7 will increase global awareness on these issues, strengthen coordination of existing measures, promote effective monitoring and knowledge sharing and help generate resources for interventions.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes ratification by Ukraine and accession by Georgia to the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure
SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes today's ratification by Georgia of this important child rights treaty. With this significant step, 29 countries have now ratified the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure and 50 have signed it.
The Protocol allows children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on violations of their rights.
To support the process of ratification and to ensure that the protocol is understandable for children, the Office of the SRSG has developed an advocacy tool that is available here.
"The Optional Protocol remains a high priority for my mandate and I call on all Governments to consider its urgent ratification." stated SRSG Santos Pais.
The present report of the Secretary-General, submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 69/158, addresses the prevalence of bullying and its impact on children’s rights, reviews measures adopted by Member States and other stakeholders to prevent and respond to this phenomenon, identifies good practices and provides guidance on priority actions to ensure children’s protection from bullying, including cyberbullying.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the release of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying
The report is framed by General Assembly resolution 69/158 which recognised bullying and cyberbullying as a manifestation of violence against children of global concern, and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on protecting children from bullying, emphasising its causes and effects, good practices and guidance to prevent and respond to it.
Bullying and cyberbullying compromise children’s development, health and education, generating depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, humiliation, frustration and anger. Bullying is consistently identified by children as being among their top concerns and it is one of the main reasons why they call a helpline.