Annual Report to the General Assembly - 2015

A/70/289
05/08/2015

Summary

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.


I. Introduction

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.

3. Over recent years the protection of children from violence has evolved from a largely hidden and neglected topic into a growing global concern. Framed by international human rights standards, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Protocols, and guided by the United Nations study on violence against children, there has been a growing understanding of children’s exposure to violence, strengthened commitments to secure their safety and protection, and significant national implementation efforts to mobilize support for prevention and response and to help change attitudes and behaviour which condone violence against children.