SRSG VAC welcomes the historic entry into force of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure

14/01/2014

New York – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais welcomes the ratification by Costa Rica1 of the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure which paves the way to the historic entry into force of the Protocol on 14 April 2014.

SRSG addressed the World Forum on Human Rights hosted by the Government of Brazil on December 10 – 13, 2013 in Brasilia

SRSG addressed the World Forum on Human Rights
19/12/2013

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, addressed the World Forum on Human Rights in which more than 9000 participants from around the world took part. The World Forum was convened by the Government of Brazil to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In her address on “Safeguard of Human Rights and the Fight against Violence” the SRSG presented the key findings of the Global Survey Report, conducted by her office, highlighting the progress achieved and persisting challenges on the implementation of the UN Study on Violence against Children, as well as priority areas for future action.

SRSG joins other UN child rights experts calling for Violence against Children to be a priority and a cross cutting concern in the post-2015 agenda

20/11/2013

GENEVA/NEW YORK – Governments should make child protection from violence a priority in the post-2015 development agenda and back their commitments with proper funding, five top United Nations child rights experts* said today.

“Every day, millions of children are affected by conflict, suffer from violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation at home, in schools, in institutions, in the community and in places where they work. These situations are not inevitable and they can be effectively prevented,” the experts said in a call to mark Universal Children’s Day on 20 November.

The post-2015 framework is a renewed opportunity to ensure that children’s rights are front and centre in the global development agenda to effectively prevent and address violence against children and fight impunity for crimes committed against them.

Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals

Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals
20/11/2013

Violence and abuse, troubled family relationships, tensions at school and bullying top list of reasons why children and young people seek help

NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – Ten years of data from telephone records, emails, text messages and chats compiled by Child Helpline International (CHI) show that children and young people around the world contact helplines for support with violence and abuse, peer relationships, psycho-social and mental health, and family conflicts.

The Voices of Children and Young People, a report released today to mark the 10th anniversary of CHI, a network of 173 child helpline members operating in 142 countries, provides data and analysis drawn from a series of regional studies.

SRSG launches report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children

SRSG launches report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children
18/10/2013

SRSG Santos Pais launched a new thematic report on Restorative Justice for Children in a high level event organized with the Governments of Indonesia and Norway during the General Assembly Debate on the Rights of the Child. The event counted on the participation of experts from Norway and Indonesia, as well as representatives from independent children’s rights institutions, academia and civil society organizations. The discussion aimed at sharing models and experiences of child sensitive restorative justice processes and programs and to promote enhanced cooperation in this area at national, regional and international levels.

SRSG presented Annual Report to the 68th General Assembly

SRSG presents Annual Report to UN General Assembly
16/10/2013

The SRSG annual report to the General Assembly marks the start of a new phase. It builds upon progress achieved and lessons learned in advancing implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study on violence against children and it takes into account the priorities identified by the Special Representative for the second term of her mandate, namely: mainstreaming children’s protection from violence in the national policy agenda; addressing emerging concerns; tackling violence across children’s life cycles, with priority attention to the most vulnerable children; and promoting children’s protection from violence as a priority in the post-2015 global development agenda.

SRSG Annual Report to the 68th General Assembly - 2013

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
11/10/2013

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.

UN Treaty event reinforces commitment to children’s rights

UN Treaty event reinforces commitment to children’s rights
24/09/2013

The 2013 UN Treaty places a special emphasis on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols.

SRSG Marta Santos Pais welcomed today the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, by the Russian Federation. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, deposited the instrument of ratification in the presence of SRSG Santos Pais during the first day of the UN Treaty Event.

UN issues call on Member States to ratify convention on rights of the child - UN News

UN Photo/Amanda Voisard
19/09/2013

19 September 2013 – United Nations officials today urged Member States that have not done so to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Child and its three Optional Protocols, stressing that this is vital to protect children from abuse and mistreatment worldwide.

“Millions of children around the globe suffer daily from violence, exploitation and abuse. Ignored by statistics and neglected by policy action they are silent victims, excluded from the public debate,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, addressing the press.

Countries will have the opportunity to ratify the Convention and its Optional Protocols at the 2013 Treaty Event, which will be held 24 – 26, and 30 September and 1 October at UN Headquarters in New York.

SRSG launches a Child-Friendly Version of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC on a Communications Procedure

SRSG launches a Child-Friendly Version of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC
19/09/2013

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children launched a new publication entitled: Raising Understanding among Children and Young People on the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (OPCP).

This child-friendly publication was developed with the support and advice of children and young people from different regions of the world. It aims to support wide dissemination of the Protocol, raise children’s awareness about their rights and enhance their confidence to speak up and seek support. Children, together with key partners from UN agencies, regional networks and civil society, have made this project a truly collaborative effort.