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Conclusions and Recommendations - Cross Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence. Jamaica, June 30 – July 1, 2014

01/07/2014

We, the Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Council of Europe, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR and the Latin-American and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMILAC), participating in the meeting promoted by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC) and hosted by the Government of Jamaica in co-operation of UNICEF; 

Joint statement on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on the involvement of children in armed conflict

22/05/2015

New York/Geneva, 22 May 2015 – On Monday, 25th May, the world celebrates the 15th anniversary of the adoption 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).

UN children’s rights experts welcome the steady progress made since May 2010 when the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Campaign for the universal ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocols to the CRC. Thanks to significant efforts made across regions over the past five years, the OPSC is now in force in 169 countries, while the OPAC has been ratified by 159 states.

SRSG Santos Pais acknowledges Solomon Islands Government commitment in enacting child protection legislation

Marta Santos Pais with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, HE Mannaseh Sogavare
21/05/2015

HONIARA, 21 May 2015 - Concluding a three day visit to the Solomon Islands, the SRSG commended the government for the expression of its strong commitment to the prevention and elimination of violence against children through the enactment of legislation, policy reform and increased budgetary allocations for children. During her visit, the SRSG met the Prime Minister H.E. Mannaseh Sogavare and other high level officials, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, the Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Police Commissioner.

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against children in the Pacific region

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against childre
20/05/2015

NADI, FIJI 20 May 2015 – SRSG Santos Pais praised Pacific leaders for their strong commitment to reduce the high rates of violence against children reported in the region.

During a three-day conference in Fiji that brought policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 13 Pacific countries together to discuss more effective ways to address violence against children in the region, Special Representative Santos Pais outlined an agenda to reverse a global, widespread, hidden and in many cases socially condoned pattern.

Solomon Star: Top UN official visiting here

Solomon Star: Top UN official visiting here
20/05/2015

Appointed Special Representative of the United Nation’s General Secretary on Violence Against Children (SRSG), Marta Santo Pais will be visiting the country this week.

She will be here for two days from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22.

The purpose of her visit is to advocate and support the national government and its partners to achieve full action on ending violence against children.

While here Pais will meet Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, UN agencies in the country, Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, other relevant line ministries including Police and the Youth@Work project.

Since taking up her appointment, Marta promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in the justice setting, in homes, in institutional cares, in schools, in workplaces and in communities.

She acts as a bridge builder in all regions across sectors and settings where violence against children occurs.

Audio - Radio New Zealand: Interview with SRSG Santos Pais

20/05/2015

"Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence"

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Wednesday 20 May 2015

The United Nations says Pacific leaders are showing a strong commitment to ending high rates of violence against children in the region.

Link to Radio Interview

Radio New Zealand: "Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence". Interview with SRSG Marta Santos Pais

Radio New Zealand: Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence.
20/05/2015

Pacific leaders committed to ending child violence

Updated at 5:04 am on 20 May 2015

Originally aired on Dateline Pacific, Wednesday 20 May 2015

The United Nations says Pacific leaders are showing a strong commitment to ending high rates of violence against children in the region.

UNICEF Report: Harmful Connections: Examining the relationship between violence against women and violence against children in the South Pacific

18/05/2015

This report is the result of an extensive desk review of existing data sources on violence against women and children in the Pacific. 

This publication also acknowledges the courageous testimony of the women who took part in the VAW prevalence research and the research teams that completed the studies. 

Government of Samoa: Ending Violence against Children a Pacific Priority

Government of Samoa: Ending Violence against Children a Pacific Priority
19/05/2015

Politicians, policy-makers and advocates from the Pacific region have rallied behind the United Nations Child Fund’s call to end violence against children. This has been the overwhelming response on the first day of the UNICEF Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) Conference held in Nadi from 18-20 May.

Fiji’s President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, delivered the opening address and said that children of the Pacific cannot wait to be free from violence, and strategies must ensure collaboration and commitment from leadership at all levels of society.

“Child protection requires an integrated approach. No one sector can work in isolation.

“All limitations can be overcome when we work in partnership, by pooling knowledge, expertise and resources we are better able to come up with sustainable solutions,” said Fiji’s President.

Yahoo New Zealand: Conference aims to end violence against children in Pacific

Conference aims to end violence against children in Pacific
18/05/2015

A three-day conference on ending violence against children in the Pacific starts today in Nadi, Fiji.

Hosted by UNICEF Pacific, the conference will bring together representatives from 15 Pacific Island Countries, including senior government officials, practitioners and child protection experts, as well as the Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais.

"The conference aims to bring greater attention to the widespread problem of violence within the Pacific region," said UNICEF New Zealand's International Advocacy Manager, Sarah Morris.

"Pacific-focused data shows us that high percentages of children have experienced physical and/or psychological aggression in the home - Fiji 72%, Kiribati 81%, Solomon Islands 72% and Vanuatu 78%.