Ending violence against children: a shared commitment of faith communities across the world inspired by the voice of children


Panama City, 9 May 2017 – In her keynote speech to the 5th Forum of the Global Network of Religions for Children, devoted to the theme of ending violence against children, the SRSG welcomed the strong commitment of participants to use the special role of religions in society to help bring violence to an end. In her statement delivered at the opening of the Forum, the SRSG recalled that no religious teaching or tradition justifies any form of violence against children, a message that was echoed by leaders from across many faiths who spoke at the Forum, as well as the young representatives from the Children's Pre-forum Meeting.

On Anti-Bullying Day, SRSG calls for accelerated action to bring an end to this torment in children’s lives


Protecting children from bullying and other forms of violence at school is not just an ethical imperative or a laudable aim of education policy: it is a question of human rights.

As we know well, violence in schools compromises children’s rights to protection from discrimination, to an inclusive and relevant education, to the highest attainable standard of health, to the right to be heard, and to have children’s best interests regarded as a primary consideration in all decisions affecting their lives. These are rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in force in virtually all countries of the world.


UN Resolution on the Rights of the child


The General Assembly,

Reaffirming the importance of its resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989, by which it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1 which constitutes the standard in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, reaffirming also that States parties to the Convention shall undertake all appropriate legislative,
administrative and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized therein, while bearing in mind the importance of the Optional Protocols to the Convention and calling for their universal ratification and effective implementation, as well as that of other human rights instruments,

Protecting children from bullying - Report of the Secretary-General


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.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the release of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying


The report is framed by General Assembly resolution 69/158 which recognised bullying and cyberbullying as a manifestation of violence against children of global concern, and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on protecting children from bullying, emphasising its causes and effects, good practices and guidance to prevent and respond to it.

Bullying and cyberbullying compromise children’s development, health and education, generating depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, humiliation, frustration and anger. Bullying is consistently identified by children as being among their top concerns and it is one of the main reasons why they call a helpline.

Bullying takes centre-stage in discussion with Professor Dan Olweus


SRSG Santos Pais joined hands with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the United Nations to promote a discussion with Professor Dan Olweus on “Key Elements of a Successful Bullying Prevention Programme”.

The session, held in the Permanent Mission of Mexico, brought together, member states representatives, UN Agencies, civil society organizations and academia discussed the impact of bullying in children and young people and key measures to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon.

Professor Olweus who has been involved in research and intervention work in the area of bullying among schoolchildren and young people for more than thirty-five years, is recognized as a pioneer and founding father of research on bullying and as a world-leading expert in this area.

SRSG Santos Pais gathers experts from around the world on children’s protection from bullying and cyberbullying


SRSG Santos Pais convened a consultation with experts from around the world on the prevention and elimination of bullying and cyberbullying in preparation of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying, called for by General Assembly resolution 69/158. Hosted with UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, the consultation took place in Florence on 9-10 May.

Guided by the SRSG priorities to consolidate knowledge and accelerate progress in children’s freedom from violence, the meeting provided a strategic opportunity to review laws, policies and initiatives on children’s protection from bullying and cyberbullying, as well as available data and evidence on this important phenomenon.

Office of SRSG on Violence against Children organizes global expert meeting on bullying and cyber-bullying - 9-10 May Innocenti Research Center, Florence - Italy

09/05/2016 - 10/05/2016

The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, with the support of UNICEF Innocenti, have convened a global expert’s consultation to discuss the growing impact of bullying and cyber-bullying on children.

The consultation aims to identify specific gaps and weaknesses of existing data and agree on recommendations on what type of data should be collected to support policy making and effective interventions. It will also identify essential elements of an effective policy, both at national and local level as well as areas in which specific legislation should be enacted to support a comprehensive policy to address bullying.  

SRSG Santos Pais participates in the launch of Nigeria's Violence against Children Survey

20/02/2016 - 25/02/2016
SRSG Santos Pais visits Abuja and Lagos to support the launch of the Government’s Violence against Children Survey and efforts to implement the Nigerian Year of Action to End Violence Against Children. She will hold discussions with senior officials of the Government of Nigeria and other key stakeholders on the importance of using data and research to shed light on the hidden face of violence and to implement evidence-based policies and campaigns to end violence against children.