The South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) Workplan 2010 - 2015


The SAIEVAC strategic plan for 2010–2015 includes time-bound targets to help to monitor periodic progress achieved. This process is overseen by the Governing Body, comprising national coordinators representing the eight Governments in the region, and with leading coordinating responsibilities at the national level, two representatives from civil society organizations and two representatives from the Regional Child Participation Network.

April 12th - SRSG supports first International Day for Street Children


Open Letter:

Across the world millions of street children face a daily struggle of abuse, hunger and exclusion as the international community fails to realise their rights.

In India alone there are an estimated 11 million children living on the streets with no access to the most basic of living conditions, whilst in Rwanda 93% of street girls surveyed are reported rape victims.

This is not an issue that solely affects developing nations. Last year, in Britain an estimated 100,000 children ran away from home, 16,000 of whom slept rough, putting themselves in a position of unimaginable danger.

We believe that the rights of street children cannot be ignored.

SRSG on Violence against Children - Presentation of 2nd Annual Report to the Human Rights Council


Geneva, 8 March 2011- Presentation of the second report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais to Human Rights Council and introduction of joint report with Ms. Najat Maalla M'jid, Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, on child sensitive reporting, counseling and complain mechanisms.

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.