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Communication from the Commission - Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child

COM/2006/0367
04/07/2006

Towards a Strategy on the Rights of the Child

The European Commission proposes a strategy to effectively promote and safeguard the rights of the child in the European Union's internal and external policies and to support Member States' efforts in this field.

Commission communication of 4 July 2006 - Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child

SUMMARY

Children's rights form an integral part of the human rights that the EU is bound to respect under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols, the Millennium Development Goals and the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). In addition, the EU explicitly recognised children's rights in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

SRSG praises Tanzania’s pioneering work in data and research on violence against children

Marta Santos Pais meets Vice President of Tanzania H.E Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal
20/09/2011

 On a four day visit to Tanzania, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomed the ground breaking national study on violence against children, and the strategic priority responses announced by the Government to address the findings of the study.

The study was based on interviews with 6000 young people between 13 and 24 years of age and conducted by a Multi Sector Task Force with the participation of leading ministries, the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRGG), UN agencies and civil society organizations. The study was supported by UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Second Annual Report to the 66th Session of the General Assembly - 2011

02/08/2011

The second annual report of the SRSG to the General Assembly is available. The report identifies areas to which the Special Representative will devote special attention namely (a) promoting the universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child; (b) further consolidating regional governance structures on violence against children; (c) pursuing the series of expert consultations on violence-related topics; and (d) conducting a global survey to assess progress and inform further action in the area of preventing and responding to violence.

 

South Sudan becomes 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against children

South Sudan becomes 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against child
29/07/2011

With the achievement of independence on 9 July, South Sudan can now be recognized as the 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including by parents. Prohibiting legislation was originally enacted in 2005 under the Interim Government of South Sudan, in article 21 of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan. Prohibition was subsequently confirmed in article 21 of the Child Act (2008).

SRSG statement on the attacks in Norway

SRSG statement on the attacks in Norway
25/07/2011

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children expresses her deep shock and condemnation of the violent and senseless attacks targeting innocent victims in Oslo and the indiscriminate shooting of young people who were peacefully assembled in a summer camp outside the city. Many teenagers were killed and many others wounded.

Violence against children is morally repulsive and can never be justified.

The Special Representative expresses her condolences to the families of the victims, and to the Government and people of Norway.

 

  

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children

UN webcast: Panel Discussion on Engaging Faith-Based Organizations to "Stop Violence against Children"

Panel Discussion on Engaging Faith-Based Organizations to "Stop Violence against
24/06/2011

Panel Discussion on Engaging Faith-Based Organizations to "Stop Violence against Children"
The panel was organized by the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children , under the auspices of the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children.

 

United Nations Webcast Video

 

High-level expert meeting recommends involvement of all actors to prevent violence against children in schools

Experts recommend involvement of all actors to prevent violence in schools
28/06/2011

Oslo - At the conclusion of a two day meeting on the theme of “Tackling Violence in Schools”, experts in child rights joined together to call for a holistic, child-centred approach to prevent and address all forms of violence against children in schools. They urged all actors, from national government to local authorities, school administrators, teachers, local communities, parents and children themselves to work together to ensure that schools provide safe, secure environments in which all children have the opportunity to develop and learn.

Tehran Times - Violence against children is underestimated: UNICEF

Tehran Times - Violence against children is underestimated: UNICEF
06/07/2011

Around the world, between 500 million and 1.5 billion children suffer some form of violence every year. A new report from UNICEF details how the world is failing the most vulnerable members of society.

Each year about 70 percent of all children worldwide are victims of violence in one of its many forms, including beatings said the UN Special Representative on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, in Berlin recently.

A new report published by UNICEF estimates that as many as 1.5 billion children are victims of violence each year.

The head of UNICEF in Germany, Jürgen Heraeus emphasized that child protection laws are the weakest in places where they are needed the most, namely in developing countries.

SOS Children's Villages - Violence against Children Still a Global Challenge

Violence against Children Still a Global Challenge
04/07/2011

United Nations officials spoke in Germany about contemporary problems with violence against children in Germany and across the world.

The United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that violence against children may be underestimated. According to a new report, some 500 million to 1.5 billion children are victims of violence every year. This violence can take any number of different forms, including physical, emotional or psychological.