SRSG Santos Pais participated in Bangkok, Thailand, in the second meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice Subcommittee for ASEAN. Addressing juvenile justice priorities for the region, the meeting provided a momentous platform to brief governmental delegations from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand on the UN Global Study on Children...
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The Special Representative has a significant platform of cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) through its Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), and the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). These two ASEAN bodies play important roles in the promotion and protection of children's rights in the ASEAN region, including the right of children to a life free from violence. The partnership opens avenues for broadening the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study among ASEAN Member States, and for joining developments in other regions. In January 2012, the SRSG participated in a Consultative Meeting on violence against women organized by the ACWC in the Philippines. The Consultative Meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on a rights-based approach to initiatives designed to prevent and address all forms of violence against children and women. In a joint statement at the end of the Consultation, the ACWC and the SRSG recognized the importance and potential of enhancing opportunities for dialogue and cooperation with strategic partners at the national, regional and international levels, including with the United Nations system, to accelerate progress towards the elimination of violence against children and women. The ACWC and the SRSG expressed commitment to pursue collaboration in the context of the Commission’s overall mandate for the promotion and protection of the rights of women and children, and the thematic area in the ACWC 2012-2016 workplan on the elimination of violence against women and children.
The Special Representative has promoted the inclusion of protection of children from violence in the inter-governmental process of High-level Meetings on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region. The SRSG participated in the first meeting of this process, held in Beijing in November 2010. The Beijing Declaration adopted at that Meeting calls for a systematic approach to addressing child protection through the enactment of legislation and policy safeguarding children from potential harm and bans on all forms of violence against children. It also expresses the commitment to strengthen and adequately resource national child protection and welfare systems and mechanisms, the establishment of timely and appropriate responses and the mitigation of impact violence on children and their families. These commitments were renewed by governments and further action urged on the elimination of violence against children at the second High-level Meeting held in New Delhi in October, 2013.
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Ha Noi (Viet Nam), 22 June, 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, has concluded a three day visit to Viet Nam, welcoming significant developments and calling on the government, civil society and all stakeholders for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children. As in other parts of the world, in Viet Nam children are vulnerable...
At the invitation of the Government of Viet Nam, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VAC) is visiting Viet Nam from 19th – 22nd June, 2016.
She will be attending the 4th ASEAN Children’s Forum, and meeting with senior government officials, parliamentarians, civil society and other relevant stakeholders to discuss issues on violence against children in...
Stockholm, 30-31 May 2016 - On the year of the tenth anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children and as the implementation, follow-up and review...
WE AGREE TO IMPLEMENT THE COMMITMENT TO THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN IN ASEAN MEMBER STATES
WE, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), on the occasion of the 12th ACWC Meeting;
UPHOLDING the goals, purposes and principles of ASEAN as enshrined in the ASEAN Charter, ASEAN Community Vision 2025, and Blueprints 2025 of the ASEAN Political-...
The vision and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development will be at the heart of the annual gathering of regional organisations and institutions convened by SRSG Santos Pais.
Organised in cooperation with the Council of the Baltic Seas States, the meeting will focus on opportunities to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and progress towards its violence against children-related targets and goals.