Annual report to the General Assembly - 2014

The present annual report provides, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/147, 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.

I. Introduction

1. The present report is framed by the priorities identified by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children for the second term of her mandate (see A/67/230, paras. 100-110). They include mainstreaming the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children (the study) in the national policy agenda and addressing emerging concerns; tackling violence across children’s life cycle with priority attention to particularly vulnerable children; and promoting children’s protection from violence as a priority in the development agenda. The present report addresses opportunities and risks associated with information and communication technologies as a pressing area of concern.

2. To advance national initiatives and bring the mandate closer to national stakeholders, in 2014 the Special Representative conducted field missions in different regions, most recently to Thailand, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia and Sweden. Country visits provide a valuable opportunity to promote high-level policy discussions with governmental authorities and national parliaments; awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives with professional groups, civil society partners and children; and media encounters. They have been critical in advancing progress in the ratification of human rights treaties; the enactment and enforcement of legislation to ban all forms of violence and protect children therefrom; consolidation of data and research to inform advocacy and policymaking; and initiatives to prevent children’s exposure to violence in schools, care and justice institutions, and in the home, and to address incidents associated with harmful practices and community violence.