Follow-up to the outcome of the special session of the General Assembly on children - Report of the Secretary-General

The present report assesses the steps taken in 2014 to achieve a world fit for children, highlighting the gaps in achievement as well as the strategic shifts necessary to achieve the unmet goals.
The report has been prepared in response to General Assembly resolution S-27/2, adopted at the twenty-seventh special session in 2002, and resolutions 58/282 and 61/272, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report regularly on progress made in implementing the Plan of Action included in the annex to the resolution entitled “A world fit for children”.

The girl child - Report of the Secretary-General

The present report responds to the request of the General Assembly in its resolution 68/146 that the Secretary-General submit a report on the implementation of the resolution. It contains a brief overview of international obligations and global commitments with respect to the girl child. It addresses progress and challenges in areas such as poverty, equity, education, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, HIV and AIDS, protection from violence, abuse and exploitation, child participation and human rights education

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the CRC - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais


New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the international community. The world has changed immensely since 1989 but the ethos of the Convention endures.

SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)


SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.

"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.

Brasilia Declaration adopted on Child Labour expresses strong resolve to address attitudes and practices that condone or tolerate child labour, including violence and abuse

Brasilia Declaration adopted on Child Labour expresses strong resolve to address

The III Global Conference on Child Labour, held in Brasilia from 8 to 10 October, took stock of the progress made since The Hague Global Child Labour Conference 2010, assessed remaining obstacles and agreed on measures to strengthen actions to eliminate the worst forms of child labour by 2016, as well as to eradicate all forms of child labour.

SRSG Message at "The III Global Conference on Child Labour" in Brasilia, Brazil - LIVE STREAMING


Violations of the Rights of Children and Adolescents

Global data shows that some 168 million children are engaged in child labor today, 85 million of whom in its worst forms, which include all forms of forced or compulsory labor, commercial sexual exploitation, illicit activities and hazardous activities. The worst forms of child labor constitute a clear violation of the basic rights of children and adolescents granted by a number of international treaties and instruments. The Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children and adolescents must be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation.





ILO Convention Concerning Decent Work For Domestic Workers (No. 189)


The General Conference of the International Labour Organization, Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office, and having met in its 100th Session on 1 June 2011, and

Mindful of the commitment of the International Labour Organization to promote decent work for all through the achievement of the goals of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization, and

Recognizing the significant contribution of domestic workers to the global economy, which includes increasing paid job opportunities for women and men workers with family responsibilities, greater scope for caring for ageing populations, children and persons with a disability, and substantial income transfers within and between countries, and

III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia 8-10 October 2013

III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia 8-10 October 2013
08/10/2013 - 10/10/2013

The objective of the III Conference, that takes place from October 8 to 10, in Brasilia, is to evaluate the actions taken on the fight against child labour, to deepen the exchange of experiences among countries and regions and to reach, through government and social partners’ commitment, the acceleration of the eradication of the worst forms of child labour. The starting point to evaluate progress are the measures stated in the “Roadmap”.

Global Conference on Child Labour

World Day against Child Labour: “Violence is a daily reality for many child domestic workers” – SRSG Santos Pais

Photo: Sévaré, Mali. Young domestic worker washing clothes, 2010 © ILO/M

On World Day against Child Labour, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called on all governments, civil society and the public to join efforts in the fight against child domestic labour.