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SRSG VAC welcomes the historic entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure

14/01/2014

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais welcomes the ratification by Costa Rica1 of the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure which paves the way to the historic entry into force of the Protocol on 14 April 2014.

SRSG addressed the World Forum on Human Rights hosted by the Government of Brazil on December 10 – 13, 2013 in Brasilia

SRSG addressed the World Forum on Human Rights
19/12/2013

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, addressed the World Forum on Human Rights in which more than 9000 participants from around the world took part. The World Forum was convened by the Government of Brazil to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In her address on “Safeguard of Human Rights and the Fight against Violence” the SRSG presented the key findings of the Global Survey Report, conducted by her office, highlighting the progress achieved and persisting challenges on the implementation of the UN Study on Violence against Children, as well as priority areas for future action.

Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation

COM (2013) 833
25/11/2013

1. INTRODUCTION

Every year, millions of women and girls worldwide have their quality of life drastically altered by female genital mutilation (FGM). The procedure involves partial or total removal of their external genitalia or other injury to their genital organs for non-medical reasons. Thousands of women and girls living in Europe are affected or at risk.

FGM is internationally recognised as a violation of women’s human rights and a form of child abuse. In common with other forms of gender-based violence, ‘it constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men, nondiscrimination and physical and mental integrity. It also violates the rights of the child as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

SRSG joins other UN child rights experts calling for Violence against Children to be a priority and a cross cutting concern in the post-2015 agenda

20/11/2013

GENEVA/NEW YORK – Governments should make child protection from violence a priority in the post-2015 development agenda and back their commitments with proper funding, five top United Nations child rights experts* said today.

“Every day, millions of children are affected by conflict, suffer from violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation at home, in schools, in institutions, in the community and in places where they work. These situations are not inevitable and they can be effectively prevented,” the experts said in a call to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November.

The post-2015 framework is a renewed opportunity to ensure that children’s rights are front and centre in the global development agenda to effectively prevent and address violence against children and fight impunity for crimes committed against them.

Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals

Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals
20/11/2013

Violence and abuse, troubled family relationships, tensions at school and bullying top list of reasons why children and young people seek help

NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – Ten years of data from telephone records, emails, text messages and chats compiled by Child Helpline International (CHI) show that children and young people around the world contact helplines for support with violence and abuse, peer relationships, psycho-social and mental health, and family conflicts.

The Voices of Children and Young People, a report released today to mark the 10th anniversary of CHI, a network of 173 child helpline members operating in 142 countries, provides data and analysis drawn from a series of regional studies.

ITU - Child Online Initiative - Guidelines for Children, Educators, Industry and Policy Makers

14/05/2009

On 17 November 2010, the Child Online Protection (COP) Global Initiative was launched by the new Patron of COP, H.E. Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, and ITU Secretary- General, Hamadoun Touré in San José, Costa Rica.

The COP Global Initiative aims to shift COP Guidelines, developed by ITU and partners from industry, civil society, governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders, into concrete activities by leveraging the active support from COP members.

The strategies for achieving these guidelines span five main areas: i) legal measures; ii) technical and procedural measures; iii) organizational structures; iv) capacity building; and v) international cooperation. ITU will work with partners to develop cybersecurity strategies across these areas, in order to deliver significant national and societal benefits.

Governments from Asia Pacific adopt New Delhi Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Children's Rights

25/10/2013

We, the delegations of the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vietnam committed to the promotion of child rights in our South-South cooperation agenda; the development of networks for knowledge exchange, peer learning and coordination with specific attention to the topics of Adolescents, Early Childhood Development, and Urban Settings; and committed to assessing the progress and advances on South-South cooperation among countries of Asia and the Pacific to further

The New Delhi Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific

25/10/2013

We, the delegations of the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vietnam committed to the promotion of child rights in our South-South cooperation agenda; the development of networks for knowledge exchange, peer learning and coordination with specific attention to the topics of Adolescents, Early Childhood Development, and Urban Settings; and committed to assessing the progress and advances on South-South cooperation among countries of Asia and the Pacific to further

SRSG launches report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children

SRSG launches report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children
18/10/2013

SRSG Santos Pais launched a new thematic report on Restorative Justice for Children in a high level event organized with the Governments of Indonesia and Norway during the General Assembly Debate on the Rights of the Child. The event counted on the participation of experts from Norway and Indonesia, as well as representatives from independent children’s rights institutions, academia and civil society organizations. The discussion aimed at sharing models and experiences of child sensitive restorative justice processes and programs and to promote enhanced cooperation in this area at national, regional and international levels.