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Marta Santos Pais (SRSG on VAC) presents Third Annual Report to the Human Rights Council

07/03/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) presented her new report during the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 7 March 2012, in Geneva. The SRSG presented her Report in the Interactive Dialogue on Violence and Sale of Children. The presentation of the report can be found here.

European Union External Action Service: Reviewing one of the EU's foreign policy priorities: the Rights of the Child

Marta Santos Pais participates in expert meeting in Brussels organized by the EU
16/02/2012

In December 2011 Catherine Ashton reaffirmed the centrality of the rights of children to EU human rights policy

"The EU was instrumental in the establishment of the position of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and in fact the EU Guidelines expressed unequivocal support to its role. My mandate is therefore an important and tangible human rights mechanism endorsed by the Guidelines, which in turn have remained a critical reference to my work as Special Representative."

Side event at Human Rights Council - Launching of SRSG publication on "Tackling Violence in Schools – Bridging the gap between standards and practice"

SRSG Marta Santos Pais launches publication on "Tackling violence in schools"
06/03/2012

Within the framework of the debate on the Rights of the Child in the Human Rights Council, the Office of the SRSG, with the support of the Government of Norway and in cooperation with the Council of Europe, Plan International and Child Helpline International, organized a panel discussion on Protecting children from violence in school – Bridging the gap between standards and practice. The event took place at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Room XXVII, on 6 March at 1.00pm.

19th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council - Presentation of Third Annual Report of the SRSG on Violence against Children

19th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council - Presentation of SRSG Report
07/03/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Marta Santos Pais, presented her new report during the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 7 March 2012, in Geneva. The Interactive Dialogue on Violence and Sale of Children was webcast live by the United Nations Webcast and is available here.

SRSG on Violence against Children participates as key note speaker in side events during the Commission on the Status of Women

Plan girl delegate Fatmata from Sierra Leone - Marta Santos Pais - Mariane Pearl
02/03/2012

The fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is being held at the United Nations Headquarters, in New York, until Friday, 9 March 2012. This year’s priority theme is “The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges”. The emerging issue for this session is “Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, to advance gender equality”.

The SRSG participated on 28 February in a side event on "Ending the Silence: The impact of Early and Forced Marriage on Rural Girls”.

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.