Following the Twentieth Pan American Child Congress, significant steps were taken to consolidate regional partnerships with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ibero-American Summit. Within OAS, strategic collaboration was pursued with the Inter-American Children’s Institute and the Rapporteur on the Rights of the Child of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with whom a joint report is being prepared on violence in care and justice institutions. The Twelfth Ibero-American Conference of Ministers Responsible for Children and Adolescents, held in June 2010 in Buenos Aires, provided an important platform to strengthen children’s protection from violence. The Conference, in which the Special Representative participated, addressed the role of education in the promotion of children’s social inclusion. The Buenos Aires Declaration recommended the development of effective laws and policies to combat violence against children, in line with the recommendations of the United Nations study. Violence against children was also identified as a priority concern for future ministerial meetings. A strategic plan of action on violence against children for 2010–2012 was also agreed upon with the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the Global Movement for Children. This joint strategy supports the organization of three high-level subregional meetings in South America, the Caribbean and Central America, and the development of an analytical overview of national initiatives of follow-up to the United Nations study. These initiatives open avenues for strengthened collaboration with Governments in the region and will help to mobilize support for the adoption of a legal ban on all forms of violence against children, the development of a comprehensive national strategy and the consolidation of research and data in this field. The first regional meeting took place in Paraguay in April 2011. The second was held in Dominican Republic in December 2011.


Political Declarations

Final Resolution XXI Pan American Coingress on Children and Adolescents (December 2014)

Draft declaration on violence against and exploitation of children (May 2014)- Organization of American States

Joint Statement round table of regional organisations and institutions on the protection of children from all forms of violence (2013)

Joint Statement from Latin America and the Caribbean on the Role of Regional Organizations and institutions from on the Protection of Children from Violence (2012)

Join Statement from the high-level round table on the role of regional organisations on the protection of children from violence (2011)

Declaración emitida por La Vigésima Tercera Reunión del Consejo para el Desarrollo Humano y Social (COHSOD XXIII) sobre el abuso sexual de los niños en la región del Caribe

Declaración de Kingston - Reunión de seguimiento de las recomendaciones del Estudio de la ONU sobre la Violencia contra los Niños para los Países del Caribe

Declaración de Santo Domingo - Encuentro de Seguimiento al Estudio de Naciones Unidas sobre Violencia contra los niños

Declaración de Buenos Aires

La Declaración de Bridgetown y el Programa de Acción para Combatir el Abuso Sexual Infantil en el Caribe


Roadmap to protect children against all forms of violence in the Caribbean

Hoja de Ruta Centroamericana sobre Violencia contra los niños (Central American Roadmap on Violence against Children)

Hoja de Ruta para contribuir a la realización del derecho de los niños, las niñas y adolescentes a la protección contra todo tipo de violencia en Sudamérica (South American Roadmap on Violence against Children)


Other articles concerning this region:
Marta Santos Pais calls for the effective protection of children from violence

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...


New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the...

Regions define actions to curb violence against young children - SRSG organizes

Kingston, 1 July 2014 - Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, the SRSG convenes each year a Cross-Regional Round Table on violence against children. This important annual forum enables regional organizations and institutions to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, share planned initiatives and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.


SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.

Marta Santos Pais

SRSG Santos Pais and representatives from regional organisations and institutions will hold on June 30 and July 1 a Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention of violence in early childhood. The meeting is promoted by the SRSG and hosted, in Kingston, by the Government of Jamaica. 

Violence prevention in early childhood is a priority for the SRSG mandate and a critical...

Brasil adopts landmark decision to promote child upbringing free from violence

The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.

"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in...