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Day of the African Child

16/06/2011

On June 16, we commemorate the Day of the African Child, established in honour of the courageous protests by thousands of school children in 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, who were demanding an education of quality and the right to learn in their own language. That moment was the beginning of a dream for the recognition of children’s rights everywhere and at all times, a dream we remain committed to pursue!

UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcome Government of Pakistan’s commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation

SRSG welcomes Pakistan's commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation
09/06/2011

ISLAMABAD – In a joint statement with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, UNICEF Pakistan today welcomed the Government of Pakistan’s move to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

“The ratification of this Optional Protocol marks a significant milestone in the efforts to protect children from sexual exploitation in Pakistan. This is also part of a global effort to bring the international community together in the fight against the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography,” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Pakistan Representative.

In Ethiopia, Universal Ratification Campaign targets protecting all African children

08/06/2011

Photo: @UNICEF/Ethiopia/2011/Mwangi

By Anthony Mwangi
UNICEF Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – About 50 high level participants from Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, UN agencies, international organizations and civil society attended the African Universal Ratification Campaign at the end of May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 Making commitments

Statement - SRSG Santos Pais calls upon Syria to protect children from violence

Statement - SRSG Santos Pais calls upon Syria to protect children from violence
03/06/2011

New York, 3 June 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, expresses her deep concern at the continued acts of violence perpetrated against children in the context of the on-going unrest in Syria.

The Special Representative urges the Government of Syria to ensure the protection of all children from violence, in accordance with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the commitments it has undertaken in the Marrakesh Declaration, adopted last December by the Fourth Arab High Level Conference on the Rights of the Child.

Violence against children must stop and children’s safety must be upheld at all times.

Brazil to adopt legal ban on corporal punishment of children

Brazil to adopt legal ban on corporal punishment of children
19/05/2011

Brazília - The announcement that Brazil is very close to enacting a total prohibition of corporal punishment of children came during a seminar on legislative responses against corporal punishment of children and adolescents, held in the House of Representatives of Brazil. The event was organized by the Embassy of Sweden, the Brazilian Government and Save the Children Sweden to discuss the draft Bill 7.672/10 prohibiting corporal punishment against children, known in Brazil as “Lei da Palmada”, and benefit from the experiences of Sweden - the first country in the world to introduce such legislation - and other countries in the Latin American region which have adopted similar laws – Costa Rica, Venezuela and Uruguay.

Three countries commit to ratification of the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

16/05/2011

New York - Representatives of Finland, Mauritius and Pakistan announced their countries' intention to ratify the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in the near future. The announcements were made during an event held at UN headquarters today to commemorate the first anniversary of the campaign for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC).

Childwatch: The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children has established a website

12/05/2011

Childwatch International Research Network

New Website: Violence Against Children

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children has established a website

Published May 10, 2011
Link to the Violence Against Children website

On the need for research:

Implementing Child Rights in early childhood debate

13/10/2010

Interactive Panel Discussion on Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood
 

13 October 2010, UNICEF, New York - The investment in early childhood was at centre stage in an interactive panel hosted by UNICEF with the support of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Barbados, Belgium, Uruguay, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, and in collaboration with Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision and America Latina en Accion Solidaria (ALAS).
The panel discussion addressed key child rights dimensions in early childhood, the focus theme for the 2010 General Assembly on the Rights of the Child.
 

Global Child Labour Conference 2010 - Roadmap

11/05/2010

Global Child Labour Conference 2010 - Roadmap adopted
More than 500 delegates from 97 countries, participants of the Global Child Labour Conference 2010, 10-11 May 2010, The Hague, have agreed on a Roadmap aimed at "substantially increasing" global efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

 

Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts

02/02/2010

Media Statement

2 February 2010

Separated Haitian children risk being sold, trafficked or kept in slave-like conditions: UN human rights experts

GENEVA – “There is an increased risk of unaccompanied children in Haiti, including orphans and restaveks*, being abducted, enslaved, sold or trafficked, due to increased insecurity in the country,” a group of UN human rights experts warned Tuesday**.

The experts, who are mandated by the Human Rights Council to monitor slavery, sale of children, trafficking and violence against children, stressed that “protection of children must be at the heart of the relief operation in Haiti.”