SRSG promotes investment in prevention to End Violence against Children in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
On the occasion of the Human Rights Council session, the SRSG joined a side event with the theme "2015 : towards better investment in the rights of the child" organised by the Working Group on Violence Against Children of Child Rights Connect.
The event aimed at stressing the importance of ensuring that prevention, protection and action to end violence against children becomes a priority in the post-2015 development agenda.
"We see progress in the elimination of violence against children. But this is not good enough. For the Post-2015 agenda, children's message is loud and clear: violence compromises development and has to be brought to an end. It is important to act now to end violence against children because we will not get a similar chance for 15 years." said SRSG Santos Pais.
Human Rights Council Session: SRSG Santos Pais calls for sustainable and effective action to address violence against children
Geneva, 9-13 March 2015
"The elimination of violence against children cannnot be a dream of a few, it needs to be a cause for all", SRSG Santos Pais urged the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
SRSG Santos Pais presented in Geneva her annual report to the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council and participated in various debates and events taking place during this week, particularly focused on children’s rights and their protection from violence.
Santos Pais called governments and partners to:
ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children reiterates strong commitment to children's protection from violence
SRSG Marta Santos Pais met in Jakarta with the ASEAN Commission on the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) to assess progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children. During the dialogue held at ACWC 10th regular meeting, ASEAN Commissioners updated the SRSG on Violence against Children on the significant measures undertaken across the region to ensure children's protection from violence, including law reform to prohibit and address manifestations of violence, national surveys to capture the prevalence of this phenomenon, the promotion of guidelines on positive parenting, and consultations on cultural and religious practices impacting on the rights of children.
During her visit this week to Jakarta, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, congratulated the Government of Indonesia for addressing violence against children in its new National Medium Term Development Plan (2015 – 2019).
“Violence against children is a global phenomenon. It happens in all countries and in all groups of society - including in Indonesia. It’s often hidden in plain sight, and in many cases socially condoned,” Ms. Santos Pais said.
"But let’s be clear,” she added, “Violence against children is never justified and all violence against children can be effectively prevented. With strong political will, wide mobilization and steady action, it can be brought to an end.”
New Report on Violence against Children in Africa calls for accelerated efforts across the continent to protect children from violence
A new report The African Report on Violence against Children was launched on 11th February at the United Nations in New York, in an event jointly organized by the African Union, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Permanent Mission of Zambia and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF).
The report, conducted by ACPF, reveals that despite the significant legal and policy measures undertaken in the region to protect children, African girls and boys are subjected to high levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence across all levels of society.
This comprehensive report is the first of its kind in the region and builds upon the commitment by African Union Member States to promote an Africa Fit for Children, stressed Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children.
GENEVA (9 February 2015) –Top United Nations experts on children’s rights and on freedom of expression join the voices of children, parents, teachers, policymakers, law enforcement, industry and civil society in their call to create a better and safe Internet.
Speaking ahead of the global Safer Internet Day, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais; the Special Rapporteur on sale and sexual exploitation of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio; and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, call on States and the IT industry to tackle head on online child sexual abuse and exploitation, while protecting the right to freedom of expression of both children and adults.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for the strengthening of restorative justice for children in the World Congress on Juvenile Justice in Geneva
"Restorative justice represents a paradigm shift in the way we envisage the justice system and its role in the safeguard of children's rights. Guided by the child's dignity and best interests, based on dialogue, negotiation and problem solving, restorative justice moves away from retributive and punitive approaches and focus on reparation and children's reintegration," stressed the SRSG in her statement to the Congress.
Summary of the panel discussion on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
1. Pursuant to its resolution 25/10, the Human Rights Council held a panel discussion, on 23 September 2014, at its twenty-seventh session, on accelerating global efforts to end violence against children, with a particular focus on how to better prevent violence and protect children as a global priority and cross-cutting concern, and to share best practices and lessons learned in that regard. In resolution 25/10, the Council also requested the High Commissioner to prepare a summary report on the discussions of the panel, and to submit it to the Council before its twenty-eighth session. The present report was prepared pursuant to that request.
New York, 15 December 2014 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children participated in a high-level event “Children, Sport and Development – CRC@25: achievements and looking to post-2015”, at the Trusteeship Council Chamber at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Co-organized in the framework of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Permanent Missions of Italy and Jamaica, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, UNICEF and the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, the event aimed to promote the right of the child to sports and its positive contribution to children’s health, education, development and well-being, while noting its associated risks.
Brasília, 12 December 2014 – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais joined in Brasilia the XXI Pan American Congress on Children and Adolescents, devoted to “Childhood and Adolescence: Building environments of peace.”
“In the Americas, the most violent region in the world and with the highest levels of child homicide, the protection of children from violence is put at risk on a daily basis; and it is compounded by high levels of inequality and social exclusion, lack of opportunities, the widespread use of arms, the presence of organized crime and gangs, and a culture of impunity. For many children in the Americas, life is defined by two words: fear and pain. This is a sad reality, but it is not a fate. We can and must change it!” said SRSG Santos Pais.