Bullying takes centre-stage in discussion with Professor Dan Olweus


SRSG Santos Pais joined hands with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the United Nations to promote a discussion with Professor Dan Olweus on “Key Elements of a Successful Bullying Prevention Programme”.

The session, held in the Permanent Mission of Mexico, brought together, member states representatives, UN Agencies, civil society organizations and academia discussed the impact of bullying in children and young people and key measures to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon.

Professor Olweus who has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bullying among schoolchildren and young people for more than thirty-five years, is recognized as a pioneer and founding father of research on bullying and as a world-leading expert in this area.

Commitment to free children from corporal punishment grows!


Governments from over 70 countries, many represented at ministerial level, met last week in Vienna to reflect on strategies to prevent and eliminate the corporal punishment of children.

Promotion and protection of the rights of children


"Rights of the child

The General Assembly,

Reaffirming all of its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, the most recent of which was resolution 69/157 of 18 December 2014, and in particular recognizing the importance of resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, in which it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, (...)

Expresses support for the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, and recognizes the progress achieved since the establishment of her mandate in promoting the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in all regions and in advancing the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children, including through her regional and thematic consultations and field missions, and thematic reports addressing emerging concerns;

UN NEWS CENTRE Feature: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy discusses safety


Ahead of the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, marked annually on 4 June, the UN News Centre sat down with Mrs. Santos Pais. The interview touched on the state of the world's children and her work with UN entities, governments, regional organizations and civil society partners to effect positive change.

UN News Centre: Ten years ago, the UN released a global study on violence against children that said the problem was widespread and often underreported. Is the world a safer place for children today?

SRSG Santos Pais organizes International Seminar in Argentina on children deprived of liberty


On 19 and 20 May the International Seminar "Monitoring and supervision of centres of deprivation of liberty for children" was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This activity was co-organized by UNICEF Argentina and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG VAC) as a contribution to the preparation of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty requested by the UN Secretary General.

Gathered in the Sixth High-Level Round Table regional organizations commit to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 targets to end violence against children


Stockholm, 10 June 2016 - On the year of the tenth anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children and as the implementation, follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda takes shape, SRSG on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais convened the 6th Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention and elimination of violence against children of regional organizations and institutions in Stockholm on 30-31 May to discuss the regions’ role in supporting efforts to reach the violence-related goals and targets agreed upon in Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.

SRSG Santos Pais gathers experts from around the world on children’s protection from bullying and cyberbullying


SRSG Santos Pais convened a consultation with experts from around the world on the prevention and elimination of bullying and cyberbullying in preparation of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying, called for by General Assembly resolution 69/158. Hosted with UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, the consultation took place in Florence on 9-10 May.

Guided by the SRSG priorities to consolidate knowledge and accelerate progress in children’s freedom from violence, the meeting provided a strategic opportunity to review laws, policies and initiatives on children’s protection from bullying and cyberbullying, as well as available data and evidence on this important phenomenon.

UN experts urge final push for universal ratification of Optional Protocols to Convention on the Rights of the Child


Joint statement by the Special Representative of Children and Armed Conflict, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children and the Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

New York/Geneva (25 May 2015) –Universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC) is closer than ever, UN experts have said.

Marta Santos Pais welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism


Washington D.C. (12 May 2016)– The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.


The Global Study is the culmination of two years of research led by ECPAT International in collaboration with leading child rights experts, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and private sector partners. Itreveals that both the scale and the nature of the sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism have worsened dramatically, with greater risks than ever before for children to become victims of this serious child rights violation.


SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the creation of a high level position in Sweden to protect children from trafficking

SRSG Santos Pais today commended the Government of Sweden for the appointment for the first time of an ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings.
“Child trafficking is a serious form of violence that compromises children's rights and needs to be vigorously addressed at national and international levels. I congratulate the Government of Sweden for the creation of this new position designed to prevent, early detect and respond to situations of trafficking, protect the rights of victims and fight impunity.