Middle East

The Special Representative cooperates closely with the League of Arab States and its Steering Committee on Violence against Children. The Committee was established to coordinate efforts and review progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Study, promote a comprehensive regional study to capture national developments aiming at the prevention and elimination of violence against children, and identify areas where the process of national follow-up could be further enhanced. Law reform was one such area, and a technical workshop was held to advance progress in the region on the introduction of a national legal ban on all forms of violence. The League’s regional study provides a strong foundation to inform legal and policy reforms, and to support institutional developments on violence against children. Its preliminary findings were presented during a high-level meeting, hosted in June 2010 by the Government of Lebanon, and subsequently submitted to the Fourth High-level Arab Conference on the Rights of the Child, hosted by the Government of Morocco, in December 2010. The findings also informed the Marrakesh Declaration, adopted on that occasion, calling for the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Study, in close cooperation with the Special Representative and UNICEF, and highlighting key areas of concern, including the development of national strategies to combat violence against children, the establishment of a national follow-up and reporting mechanism, the enactment of legislation to protect children from violence, neglect, ill-treatment and exploitation, the provision of services to support victims, and measures to combat impunity.



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The roundtable is organized by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and builds upon the process of follow-up to the United Nations Study on Violence against Children in which regional organizations and institutions play a pivotal role. 

Significant regional studies and analytical reviews promoted by regional organizations, including the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR...


New York, 19 December 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of a...


 The SRSG participated in the meeting organized by the  Follow up Committee on Monitoring the Implementation of the Recommendations of the UNSG's Study on Violence against Children that also counted on the participation of representatives from all Member States from the League of Arab States (LAS).

The meeting followed the high-level...

Statement - SRSG Santos Pais calls upon Syria to protect children from violence

New York, 3 June 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, expresses her deep concern at the continued acts of violence perpetrated against children in the context of the on-going unrest in Syria.

The Special Representative urges the Government of Syria to ensure the protection of all children from violence, in accordance with its obligations...


Amman – Participants at an Arab conference on children’s rights today adopted a declaration calling for further action to protect children and promote their rights.

The Marrakesh Declaration came at the end of the Fourth High-Level Arab Conference on Children’s Rights, a three-day event organized by the League of Arab States with the...


Geneva - At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action for prevention and response to violence, including legislative reform to prohibit it in all its forms.

Organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence...