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SRSG participates in international Colloquium on Extreme Poverty and Violence - Paris

Marta Santos Pais participates in international colloquium on extreme poverty
26/01/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children participated in an international colloquium on extreme poverty and violence, which was organized by the International Movement ATD Fourth World with support from UNESCO, in Paris, France.

The discussions focused on understanding the forms of violence faced by people in chronic poverty and the pathways towards peace, bearing in mind that people living in chronic poverty often are judged as those who commit violent acts, against which society must protect itself, forgetting that they are the first victims of ongoing daily violence.

Launch of Child Helpline International’s fifth report on violence against children - Paris

Launch of Child Helpline International’s report on violence against children
25/01/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children attended the launch of Child Helpline International’s fifth report on violence against children in Paris, France.

Expert Consultation on Prevention and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System - Vienna

Expert Consultation on prevention to violence against children
24/01/2012

UN partners based in Vienna, New York and Geneva convened an Expert Consultation on the prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system.

The Consultation received strong support from the Government of Austria and UNICEF and was opened by Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UNODC, Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Wolfgang Waldner, State Secretary with the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, and Marcia Kran Director Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR.

Joint Statement of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children

Joint Statement of the ASEAN Commission and SRSG on Violence against Children
18/01/2012

Manila, the Philippines -The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) convened a Consultative Meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC) and CEDAW Committee experts on violence against women in Manila, the Philippines, on 16-17 January 2012. The Consultation was supported by UN Women and UNICEF.

SRSG interview: World must ratify rules to stem child abuse

SRSG interview: World must ratify rules to stem child abuse
16/01/2012

BANGKOK (AlertNet) – The United Nations’ special representative on violence against children this week urged countries globally to ratify two protocols protecting the world’s youngest people, as she visited the East Asia and Pacific region where over one in four children have been sexually abused.

Marta Santos Pais called on governments to ratify the two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child to help stem what UNICEF, the U.N.’s children’s agency, calls a "growing abuse and exploitation of children worldwide." 

SRSG visits UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand

Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on Violence against Children visits EAPRO
11/01/2012

 Bangkok, Thailand - On her way to meet with the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children’ in the Philippines, Ms Santos Pais visited the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok to speak to colleagues from regional UN agencies, NGOs and interested embassy representatives about pressing child protection issues and childrens’ right to freedom from violence.

Joint statement by the SRSG Santos Pais, the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid and the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Jean Zermatten

22/12/2011

NEW YORK/GENEVA – We warmly welcome the adoption by the General Assembly of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, providing for individual complaints, inter-state communications and an inquiry procedure, and introducing an international mechanism of individual complaints to address the violation of children’s rights.

This new Protocol will allow children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Recognizing that children, just like adults, have access to international human rights bodies, this new instrument reinforces the international system of accountability for human rights, and is a major step towards the full protection of children’s rights and the participatory approach of the CRC.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the adoption of a new protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child introducing a system of individual complaints for children

19/12/2011

New York, 19 December 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of a new protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child introducing a system of individual complaints for children.

Joint Statement from the high-level round table on the role of Regional Organizations on the Protection of Children from Violence (2011)

11/10/2011

We, the representatives of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR Pro-Tempore Chairmanship of the Permanent Commission of the Initiative Nin@Sur, the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child participating, with UNICEF, in the first held meeting of Regional Organizations and Institutions on Violence against Children, organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC),

Gathered in New York to share lessons learned and reflect on good practices and priority areas of concern resulting from the regional processes promoted in our respective regions to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children,