Round Table: Children with Disabilities - 5th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities



Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Government of South Africa
Marta Santos Pais, Special Represenative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Nick Alipui, Director, UNICEF
Jenny Nilsson, World Federation of the Deaf, President, Youth Section
Ximena Rivas, Director of the National Service for Disabilities and Vice-President of CEDDIS

High-level Panel Discussion on Prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system

Marta Santos Pais Juvenile Justice

The event was co-organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the SRSG on Violence against Children, with the support of the Governments of Austria and Thailand. The panel discussion was chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol of Thailand, Chairperson of the Commission on Crime and Criminal Justice and counted on the participation of experts from the United Nations, USA and the Council of Europe.

The three UN partners launched a report which was informed by the Expert Consultation on the prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system, held in January 2012 in Vienna.

Annual United Nations event gives boost to international treaties, rule of law (source UN DPI)


New York, 2 October 2012 - Forty States either signed or ratified international treaties on a range of issues, from protecting children from violence to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, during the annual high-level event that accompanies the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

“States have again manifested their firm belief in the importance of international treaty law,” the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, Patricia O’Brien, said about the week-long 2012 Treaty Event, which wrapped up today at UN Headquarters.

It is only by ratifying, accepting, acceding to, or expressing consent to be bound that a State is actually bound by an international agreement. This year’s event resulted in 87 treaty actions – 30 ratifications, 24 accessions, four acceptances and two consents to be bound, all of which represent the step of becoming party to a treaty.

SRSG welcomes the ratification by Gabon and Thailand of the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child allowing for a complaints procedure for children

Marta Santos Pais ratification Gabon Thailand

"I strongly welcome the historic ratification by Gabon and Thailand of this important child rights treaty. These are the two first States to ratify the the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure.

The Protocol allows children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on violations of their rights.

The ratification of the Optional Protocol by Gabon and Thailand is a very promising start in the process of effective safeguard of children's rights, including children's freedom from violence, which the new protocol aims to achieve.I am confident this will be a strong encouragement to move swiftly towards its universal ratification.

In support of this process, my office is issuing together with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Pornography and Child Prostitution, an advocacy tool to contribute to the entry into force and effective implementation of this treaty.

SRSG welcomes progress in the ratification process of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

Dr Natalegawa Marta Santos Pais Ratification Indonesia Protocol Sale of Children

NEW YORK, 24 September 2012 - The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomed today the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, by Indonesia, deposited by the Foreign Minister, Dr. Natalegawa. The event was hosted by Patricia O'Brien, Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the UN Legal Counsel.

“The Government of Indonesia is to be congratulated for joining the 158 States which are parties to the Protocol. This is a strong expression of commitment to protect children from violence and prevent the risk of their exploitation as victims of sale, prostitution or pornography. I want to express firm commitment to collaborate with the Government of Indonesia in fulfilling the obligations established by the Optional Protocol”.

Statement issued by the Twenty-Third Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development on sexual abuse of children in the Caribbean Region


Statement issued by The Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD XXIII) on sexual abuse of children in the Caribbean Region

The Twenty-Third Meeting of the CARICOM Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD XXIII) views with grave concern the alarming prevalence of sexual abuse of children in Member States. COHSOD reviewed the overwhelming evidence documented in recent studies that points to new and emerging forms of abuse against both girls and boys. COHSOD denounces all forms of abuse of children, recognizing that other forms of abuse provide preconditions and the environment for sexual abuse.

COHSOD emphasizes the need to challenge concertedly and decisively, the deeply entrenched cultural practices and norms that condone violence and violate the rights of our children and youth.

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.

Doha Declaration and Recommendations


Doha Declaration

In cooperation and coordination between:
- The League of Arab States (LAS),
- The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children,
- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,
- United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for the Middle-East and North Africa,
- The Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Qatar, hosting the event,



Participants emphasized the importance of the following:

-            Welcoming the adoption of the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure by the General Assembly of the United Nations, which provides the base for effective actions against child rights violations;

Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015)


Executive summary

The Council of Europe transversal programme “Building a Europe for and with children” was launched in
2006 in response to a mandate resulting from the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw 2005).

The strategy on the rights of the child 2012-15 proposes a vision for the Council of Europe’s role and action in this field, taking into account the progress achieved during the two previous policy cycles (the latest one
referred to as the Stockholm Strategy), the needs expressed by governments and the challenges identified by the international community. The strategy is the result of extensive consultations with governments,
parliamentarians, key international organisations and civil society representatives. It is also based on
an analysis of surveys and consultations with children.

Colombo Declaration: South Asia Call for Action On Ending Violence against Children


South Asia Call for Action On Ending Violence against Children

We, the participants at the South Asia Follow Up Regional Consultation on the UN Study on Violence against Children, representatives from governments, non-governmental and other civil society organizations, regional and international organizations, and children, have gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 28 to 30 May 2012, to take stock of progress made since the Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children in South Asia, Islamabad, Pakistan, 19-21 May 2005 and the endorsement of the UN Study on Violence against Children by the General Assembly in 2006, in order to strengthen measures and processes aimed at ending violence against all children in all settings.

Acknowledging SAIEVAC as an apex body of SAARC;