ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child labour


ILO Convention No. 182: Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999

The General Conference of the International Labour Organization,

Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its 87th Session on 1 June 1999, and

Considering the need to adopt new instruments for the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, as the main priority for national and international action, including international cooperation and assistance, to complement the Convention and the Recommendation concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment, 1973, which remain fundamental instruments on child labour, and

UN experts call for better data collection and research on violence against children


Geneva - At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action for prevention and response to violence, including legislative reform to prohibit it in all its forms.

Organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, UNICEF and OHCHR, the interactive panel discussion on the theme of promoting better data and research to inform child sensitive and effective laws, policies and action to combat violence against children highlighted new evidence about children's exposure to physical punishment and psychological aggression.

Removing the stigma: Senior UN child rights experts call for safe, accessible and child-sensitive counselling and complaints mechanisms to address violence against children


Geneva - Senior child rights experts called on countries to create and strengthen child-sensitive mechanisms where children can seek help and report incidents of violence. “Such mechanisms are still too often unavailable or difficult to access, particularly by vulnerable children,” said Ms. Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children in a report submitted to the Human Rights Council with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Marrakesh Declaration


Adopted at the Fourth Arab High Level Conference on the Rights of the Child (Marrakech, 19-21 December, 2010)

Debate: Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection


New York - Debate at Danny Kaye Visitor’s Centre at UNICEF House, organized by UNICEF and UNFPA.

The four panellists were Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; Stephen Lewis, Co-director of the international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World; Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children; and Fabiola, 17, a youth advocate and member of Plan Cameroon’s Youth Empowerment through Technology, Arts and Media project.

Experts say countries are falling short in efforts to end violence and secure quality education for women and girls


New York - “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community,” so goes the oft-quoted African proverb.It is backed by empirical evidence. During a panel discussion on 1 March at the United Nations in New York on tackling violence to secure quality education for women and girls, participants heard that research in some countries shows that an educated girl reinvests 90 percent of her income in her family, compared to 35 percent for boys.Studies in some countries have also shown that if just 20 percent more girls were enabled to obtain secondary education, the national economy would grow by three percent.While acknowledging the social and economic benefits of educating girls, panellists concurred that non-discrimination in the exercise of human rights, including the right to education, was paramount.

SRSG urges countries to adopt measures to protect children


In this video, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, talks about the progress made in the 10 years since the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the CRC.

SRSG and Council of Europe call for urgent action to stop sexual violence against children


New York - The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio joined forces with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, at a UN panel discussion in New York.

Both high officials are avid campaigners for children’s rights. In her speech, Ms. de Boer-Buquicchio called for an urgent action to eliminate all forms of sexual violence against children.

SRSG Newsletter 1 - January 2011

SRSG Newsletter 1

October 2010 - January 2011

  • Marrakesh Declaration
  • Beijing Declaration
  • South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC)
  • Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Follow up to Brazil World Congress against Sexual Exploitation
  • COE Campaign to Stop Sexual Violence against Children
  • West African Youth Say “No” to Violence against Children
  • Expert consultation: Child - Sensitive Counselling, Reporting and Complaint Mechanisms
  • Panel and Round table discussions

Children in Extreme Poverty and victims of violence are at a double disadvantage


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.