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SRSG launches a Child-Friendly Version of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC
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19/09/2013

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children launched a new publication entitled: Raising Understanding among Children and Young People on the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (OPCP).

This child-friendly publication was developed with the support and advice of children and young people from different regions of the world....

SRSG joins youth leaders in the Beyond 2015 Global Youth Summit during which saf
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11/09/2013

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children Ms. Marta Santos Pais joined a Global Youth Summit on the use of new technologies, in which more than 700 youth leaders from different parts of the world and over 3000 online participants took part. Held from 9 to 11 September, 2013, the Summit was convened by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and hosted in San Jose by the...

SRSG joins young advocates from West and Central Africa in a regional Forum on H
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02/09/2013

The Children and youth Forum was co-organised with Plan International, UNICEF and other child rights organisations and hosted by the Ghanaian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Nana Oye Lithur. The Forum brought together 100 young advocates from 13 countries in West and Central Africa who shared experiences and discussed strategies to abandon harmful practices against children and young people...

SRSG opens  International Expert Consultation on Restorative Justice in Bali
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26/06/2013

Hosted by the Government of Indonesia in collaboration with the Government of Norway and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Expert Consultation includes the participation of governmental officials, experts from international and regional organizations, representatives from human rights and children’s rights independent institutions, as well as from academia...

Day of the African Child - Marta Santos Pais
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14/06/2013

"On the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, it is imperative to express our determination to work for the protection of children from all forms of violence, including harmful practices.

I wholeheartedly welcome the decision of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the African Union for the crucial attention given in this year’s...

Photo: Sévaré, Mali. Young domestic worker washing clothes, 2010 © ILO/M
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12/06/2013

On World Day against Child Labour, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called on all governments, civil society and the public to join efforts in the fight against child domestic labour.

"Children trapped in domestic work are often exposed to violence, including sexual abuse," Ms....

State of the World's Children 2013 - Children with Disabilities
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30/05/2013

During her mission to Finland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the new UNICEF report on the State of the World’s Children, which focuses on the challenges that children with disabilities face in ensuring their participation as full members of society and the...

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28/05/2013

" This new report, Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women: a call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, is a thoughtful contribution to the global agenda to prevent and eliminate violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. It offers valuable insights, positive experiences and comprehensive...

SRSG commends child centered approach promoted by Norwegian Children’s Houses
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26/05/2013

From 23 to 27 of May the Special Representative conducted an official visit to Norway. The visit took place on the occasion of the Parliament’s review of the governmental White Paper on violence in the family and in close relations. The White Paper, developed by the Ministries for Children, Health and Justice provides a significant evidence base to inform more targeted and effective prevention and services...

SRSG Marta Santos Pais visited the Maldives
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08/05/2013

In a five-day visit to the Maldives, SRSG Marta Santos Pais expressed her support to national efforts to address concerns about a young girl of 15 years of age victim of sexual abuse and sentenced to flogging, whose case has received worldwide attention and whose protection remains a serious concern.

“I welcome the expression of condemnation by the President and other Maldivian authorities, as well as...