1. In the present report, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children reviews key developments promoted at the global, regional and national levels to enhance the protection of children from violence.
2. The Special Representative is guided by General Assembly resolution 62/141, in which the Assembly established the mandate, and acts as a bridge builder and a global, independent advocate for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. In its resolution 70/137, the Assembly expressed support for the work of the Special Representative and recommended that the Secretary-General extend the mandate for a further period of three years, and maintain support for the effective and independent performance and sustainability of the mandate, funded from the regular budget.
Armed violence in the community compromises children’s rights and is associated with serious risks for their
development and safety, causing children to be injured, disabled, traumatized, exploited, orphaned, imprisoned and at times killed. Living in a community affected by armed violence has consequences for children who are targeted as well as those who witness or feel threatened by such an environment. Armed violence disrupts social harmony and family life, interrupts schooling, compromises health care, undermines economic development and generates fear which limits children’s ability to move freely, participate in
the life of their community, enjoy childhood and develop as empowered citizens.
The present report of the Secretary-General, submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 69/158, addresses the prevalence of bullying and its impact on children’s rights, reviews measures adopted by Member States and other stakeholders to prevent and respond to this phenomenon, identifies good practices and provides guidance on priority actions to ensure children’s protection from bullying, including cyberbullying.
"Rights of the child
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming all of its previous resolutions on the rights of the child, the most recent of which was resolution 69/157 of 18 December 2014, and in particular recognizing the importance of resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, in which it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, (...)
Expresses support for the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, and recognizes the progress achieved since the establishment of her mandate in promoting the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in all regions and in advancing the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children, including through her regional and thematic consultations and field missions, and thematic reports addressing emerging concerns;
In the report the Special Representative reviews key developments and initiatives she has promoted to accelerate progress in the protection of children from violence. The report builds upon the decision by the Assembly to renew the mandate of the Special Representative, and upon the opportunities provided by the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the commemoration in 2016 of the tenth anniversary of the submission to the Assembly of the United Nations study on violence against children.
The General Assembly
Adopts the following outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda:
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda
The General Assembly,
Recalling its resolution 69/244 of 29 December 2014, by which it decided, inter alia, that the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York, and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly,
Recalling also its decision 69/555 of 16 January 2015 on the modalities for the process of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda,
1. Welcomes the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the outcome document entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which was agreed by consensus at the informal meeting of the plenary on 2 August 2015;
The present annual report provides, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/157, an overview of major developments promoted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children to sustain and scale up efforts to safeguard children’s freedom from violence.
1. The present report reviews key developments promoted by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children at the global, regional and national levels and provides an overview of the results achieved in protecting children from violence.
2. In her role as a global independent advocate for the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children, the Special Representative remains strongly committed to further enhancing efforts to accelerate progress in that process.