New Report on Violence against Children in Africa calls for accelerated efforts across the continent to protect children from violence

African Report on Violence against Children
11/02/2015

A new report The African Report on Violence against Children was launched on 11th February at the United Nations in New York, in an event jointly organized by the African Union, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Permanent Mission of Zambia and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF).

The report, conducted by ACPF, reveals that despite the significant legal and policy measures undertaken in the region to protect children, African girls and boys are subjected to high levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence across all levels of society.

This comprehensive report is the first of its kind in the region and builds upon the commitment by African Union Member States to promote an Africa Fit for Children, stressed Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children.

“Let’s connect for a safe, empowering and inclusive Internet”

09/02/2015

GENEVA (9 February 2015) –Top United Nations experts on children’s rights and on freedom of expression join the voices of children, parents, teachers, policymakers, law enforcement, industry and civil society in their call to create a better and safe Internet.  

Speaking ahead of the global Safer Internet Day, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais; the Special Rapporteur on sale and sexual exploitation of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio; and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, call on States and the IT industry to tackle head on online child sexual abuse and exploitation, while protecting the right to freedom of expression of both children and adults.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for the strengthening of restorative justice for children in the World Congress on Juvenile Justice in Geneva

Photo: Carolina Guerrero / Marta Santos Pais Restorative Justice Congress
28/01/2015

"Restorative justice represents a paradigm shift in the way we envisage the justice system and its role in the safeguard of children's rights. Guided by the child's dignity and best interests, based on dialogue, negotiation and problem solving, restorative justice moves away from retributive and punitive approaches and focus on reparation and children's reintegration," stressed the SRSG in her statement to the Congress.

SRSG Marta Santos Pais calls for the effective protection of children from violence in the Americas

Marta Santos Pais calls for the effective protection of children from violence
15/12/2014

Brasília, 12 December 2014 – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais joined in Brasilia the XXI Pan American Congress on Children and Adolescents, devoted to “Childhood and Adolescence: Building environments of peace.”

“In the Americas, the most violent region in the world and with the highest levels of child homicide, the protection of children from violence is put at risk on a daily basis; and it is compounded by high levels of inequality and social exclusion, lack of opportunities, the widespread use of arms, the presence of organized crime and gangs, and a culture of impunity. For many children in the Americas, life is defined by two words: fear and pain. This is a sad reality, but it is not a fate. We can and must change it!” said SRSG Santos Pais.

Violence Against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice - High-level panel discussion

21/11/2014

High-level panel discussion on “Violence Against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice”

Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria and Thailand, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ).

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Video)

Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence aga
21/11/2014

Statement by Marta Santos Pais, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, at the High-level meeting on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Full statement

"Dear young people, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Recalling its vision, pursuing its mission - Panel discussion with drafters of the Convention

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Recalling its vision, pursuing its missio
20/11/2014

This event brought together some of the members of the drafting group of the CRC to reflect on the ethos of the Convention and the impact its principles and provisions have in today's world. The event also celebrated the Convention’s vision for children and the continuing pursuit of its noble mission.

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

20/11/2014

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.

Poland and the Convention on the Rights of the Child: celebrating the vision of Janus Korczac that put child dignity first

SRSG Santos Pais in Warsaw next to the monument to Janus Korczak
11/11/2014

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on violence against children Marta Santos Pais joined this week the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Poland.  

“The Convention on the Rights of the Child owes much to Poland. The Convention’s vision of the child as a subject of rights is inspired by the writings, work and life of Janus Korczak, a Polish pediatrician, educator and writer who reminded the world that children are not people to be, but people of today with rights and dignity, conscience, feelings, reason and opinions. It was Poland that on the occasion of the International Year if the Child (1979) proposed the drafting of the UN Convention, which was led by Polish lawyer Adam Lopatka” – said Santos Pais.   

SRSG Santos Pais calls for strong political engagement to protect young children from violence

07/11/2014

In a high level meeting in Oslo, SRSG Santos Pais called on Governments around the world to invest in early childhood initiatives for the prevention and elimination of violence against children.

“Violence in early years has an irreversible impact on children's development and often shapes their adult lives. But beyond its impact on individual victims, it is associated with heavy costs for society”- highlighted the SRSG. “Supporting positive parenting policies, enhancing integrated approaches to early childhood development and securing solid funding for implementation is more than ever crucial to strengthen the human capital upon which nation’s social progress is built”-she added. 

SRSG and Post-2015 Agenda