New York - Extreme poverty and violence against children were centre stage in a panel discussion held during the 49th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development and the UNICEF Executive Board meeting.
The event was co-organized by UNICEF, the SRSG on Violence against Children, ATD Fourth World, with the support of the Government of Bangladesh and counted on the participation of a youth representative of the Tapori children’s movement.
Commemorating the first anniversary of her mandate, SRSG Santos Pais met in Ghana with more than 80 children from the West African region, to assess the impact of violence on their lives and about ways of promoting children’s participation to prevent and respond to all forms of violence, and to ensure children’s voices are heard in the follow up process to the UN Study on Violence against Children.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and other child-rights advocates came together at UNICEF headquarters in New York, calling for all countries to take extra steps aimed at protecting children from violence and exploitation. In this video, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all countries to ratify the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the next two years.
The SRSG has prepared her first SRSG Newsletter for the period of October 2010 to January 2011. The following issues are covered in this edition:
SAIEVAC meeting: Historic step for South Asia’s commitment to prevent and address all forms of violence against children
Kathmandu - The first meeting of the governing body of the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, with the participation of the SRSG on Violence
Marta Santos Pais congratulated the members of the Board for the historic step for South Asia’s commitment to prevent and address all forms of violence against children.
Amman – Participants at an Arab conference on children’s rights today adopted a declaration calling for further action to protect children and promote their rights.
The Marrakesh Declaration came at the end of the Fourth High-Level Arab Conference on Children’s Rights, a three-day event organized by the League of Arab States with the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, UNICEF, government ministers from member countries of the League of Arab States and representatives from non-governmental organizations.
GENEVA – Despite existing international standards, violence and abuse continue to be a harsh reality for millions of children around the world, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, said Friday in a message delivered on the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and in support of a proposed World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence against Children.** An initiative of the Women’s World Summit Foundation, an NGO coalition of women and children organizations.