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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 Prohibiting legislation was originally enacted in 2005 under the Interim Government of South Sudan, in article 21 of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan.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.

 

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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.

Special Representative on Violence against Children and UNICEF Germany launch a report calling for children's protection from all forms of violence

First Lady, Bettina Wulff and SRSG Santos Pais at the launch of UNICEF report
30/06/2011

 Berlin - The study "Kinder vor Gewalt schützen" ["Protecting Children from Violence"] was launched in Berlin, in a press conference sponsored by the German National Committee for UNICEF with the participation of First Lady, Ms. Bettina Wulff. 

The study was made public as the German Parliament starts the review of a new law on child protection, expected to strengthen early interventions to prevent violence and abuse.

International Expert Consultation on Violence against Children and Law Reform - Geneva

07/07/2011

On 6 and 7 July 2011, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG), Ms. Marta Santos Pais, in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), and the International NGO Advisory Council on Violence against Children, hosted an expert consultation on law reform in Geneva.

The meeting brought together experts from different regions and countries with experience in the process and content of legal reform related to violence against children in different settings.