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.



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