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SRSG participates in high-level event in Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the entry into force of the Optional Protocols to the CRC

27/02/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Marta Santos Pais, attended a high-level event in Brussels on “Protecting Children in and out of Emergencies”, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary commemoration of the entry into force of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child the Optional Protocol, namely on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict. The event was organized by the Belgium Government and UNICEF.

SRSG welcomes strong political support at signing ceremony of the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Marta Santos Pais welcomes political support of the third Optional Protocol
28/02/2012

 The SRSG welcomes the strong political support to the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on a Communications procedure expressed during the signing ceremony that took place today in Geneva.

This new Protocol will allow children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Twenty States signed the Protocol, namely: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Montenegro, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Uruguay.

SRSG visits Japan to advance national efforts aiming at children's protection from all forms of violence

SRSG Santos Pais visits Japan
10/02/2012

On a four day visit to Japan, the SRSG advocated for the strengthening of national legislation to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including within the home, fight child pornography and to promote the signature and ratification of the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2011.

The SRSG held important meetings with high level officials, including the Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, the Parliamentary League for Supporting Child-Line, the President of Parliamentarians for UNICEF and the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, as well as with UNICEF Office and Japan Committee for UNICEF.

SRSG welcomes the adoption by the Council of Europe of the Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015) with a reaffirmation of strong commitment to children's protection from violence

SRSG welcomes adoption by Council of Europe of Strategy for Rights of the Child
15/02/2012

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.

Joint Statement of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the rights of Women and Children (ACWC) and the SRSG on Violence against Children

17/01/2012

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.

The Consultation provided an opportunity to exchange views on a rights-based approach to initiatives designed to prevent and address all forms of violence against children (VAC) and violence against women (VAW), in the light of international human rights standards, in particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), both ratified by all ASEAN Member States.

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure opening for signature at the end of February

09/02/2012

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure which was adopted at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, will be open for signature at a signing ceremony to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28 February 2012 and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters.

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.

Third Annual Report to the Human Rights Council - 2012

08/02/2012

The third annual report of the SRSG on Violence against Children to the Human Rights Council is available. The report reviews key developments and initiatives promoted, and identifies priority areas to which the Special Representative will devote special attention to accelerate progress in children‘s protection from all forms of violence. The report will be submitted to the Human Rights Council, in its upcoming session in March 2012.

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.