The Government has developed a national plan of action as it intensifies its drive to effectively tackle the issue of violence against children in Jamaica.
This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, who noted that the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence aims to create and maintain a protective environment, supportive of children and responsive to violence against them.
The Minister was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Monday, June 30.
Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, has pointed to the need for Jamaicans to work together to speed up the pace of progress in eliminating violence against the nation’s children.
Mr. Patterson was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross-Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence held on Monday (June 30), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
The former Prime Minister commended the Child Development Agency (CDA), which, over the last 10 years, has helped to transform the lives of many children by rescuing them from violent and abusive circumstances and placing them in sound environments.
An edited version of remarks by Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna at the Opening Session of UN Cross Regional Meeting on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Children at the
Young drummers Steven Simpson (second left) and Don Antonio Phillips get their drums autographed by Youth Minister Lisa Hanna while Marta Santos Pais,
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, looks on during yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Cross -Regional Meeting
for advancing the protection of children from violence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Youth and Culture announced today, June 27, that delegates from across the world will meet in Jamaica next week to develop strategies to eliminate violence against children.
Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais will jointly host the two-day United Nations Cross-Regional meeting which begins on Monday, June 30 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.
The ministry said that the high level round-table is expected to develop strategic recommendations on how the various regions of the world can collaborate on preventing and responding to violence against children. The meeting will focus attention on the protection of children without parental care and the prevention of children being placed in care institutions.
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson, has implored delegates who will be taking part in the two-day United Nations Cross-Regional meeting to give serious thought as to how to build communities that are more peaceful and safe for children.
"No matter what we do, it cannot insulate our children from the effect of violence when it is rampant in the communities where they reside. Remember, they will be influenced by the patterns of behaviour which they see all around them," Patterson said.
He was making the keynote address at the start of the cross-regional meeting yesterday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.
This is the first time that this high-level round-table meeting is being held outside of the United Nations head office in New York.
Joint Statement round table of regional organisations and institutions on the protection of children from all forms of violence (2013)
We, the Representatives of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, the Government of Jamaica and the Global Movement for Children Latin America and Caribbean Chapter, participating in the meeting organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC)
Gathered in NY to share the results achieved in our respective regions in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the UNSG Study on violence against children;
Recognizing the critical role played by Regional Organizations and Institutions as catalysts of progress, at the regional and national levels, for the prevention and elimination of violence against children,
Recognizing the priority attached by the SRSG on VAC to the consolidation of partnerships with Regional Organizations and Institutions to accelerate progress towards the full implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children,
Draft declaration on violence against and exploitation of children Organization of American States (Presented by the delegations of Paraguay and Uruguay and cosponsored by the delegation of Bolivia)
THE MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND HEADS OF DELEGATION OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES (OAS) gathered in Asunción, Paraguay, at the forty-fourth regular session of the OAS General Assembly,
RECOGNIZING that violence against and exploitation of children occur everywhere and in all their forms, in all countries and societies and among all social groups, and make no distinction of class, culture, race, religion, gender, or nationality, particularly in vulnerable groups;
RECOGNIZINGthe significant positive impact of child welfare assistance programs on education, school retention, malnutrition reduction, and social inclusion;
RECOGNIZING FURTHER that such violence takes place in all environments in which children live,grow, develop, and interact, inter alia, in families, at home, in schools, and in communities and the media, within social welfare systems, and in juvenile justice systems;
Rules of procedure under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure
The general provisions apply to all procedures, be they individual communications, the inquiry procedure, or inter-State communications.
I. General principles guiding the functioning of the Committee
1. In fulfilling all functions conferred on it by the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure (the Protocol), the Committee shall be guided by the principle of the best interests of the child(ren). It shall also have regard for the rights and views of the child(ren), the views of the child(ren) being given due weight in accordance with her/his/their age and maturity.