In 2014, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the protection of children from violence has gained increasing global priority. There has been an incremental development of...
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.
Vientiane, 23 October 2014 – During her visit to Lao PDR, SRSG Santos Pais met with H. E. Pany Yathotou, President of the National Assembly, to discuss the important work taking place on the development of a new Law on Violence against Women and Children in Lao PDR.
“In recent years, Lao PDR has made tremendous strides in tackling violence against children,” said SRSG Santos Pais. “But, like all over the world, much more can and should be done. The fact that so many Government parties are sitting together today is a signal that Lao PDR is committed to ending violence against children. As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year, we are reminded that all partners have a role in protecting the rights of children everywhere.”
22 October 2014 – Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country.
The first assessment of its kind in East Asia and the Pacific region, Cambodia’s Violence against Children Survey (CVACS) asked 2,376 children and young people aged 13 to 24 from across the country about their experiences of physical, emotional and sexual violence before the age of 18.
SRSG Santos Pais key-note speaker in launch of first national household survey on violence against children in Asia
Phnom Penh, 22 October 2014 – In a three-day mission to Cambodia, SRSG Santos Pais joined the Government of Cambodia in the launch of the findings of the national Survey on Violence against Children. SRSG Santos Pais commended the Government for conducting this groundbreaking survey and for committing to a policy response and noted that it can provide a model for Asia and across regions.
During her visit, she also discussed the findings of the survey with senior government leaders, civil society organizations and representatives of young people.
SRSG Santos Pais in Cambodia to participate in the launch of National Survey on Violence against Children - Phnom Penh - Wednesday, 22th October 2014
SRSG Santos Pais initiated today a three-day visit to Cambodia to participate in the launch of the findings of a survey conducted in 2013 on violence against children across the country. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 22th, in Phnom Penh.
Cambodia is the first country in East Asia and the Pacific region to conduct a survey to provide data on the prevalence of violence against children. This survey makes violence ‘visible’ with national estimates that show the magnitude and nature of the issue. The survey data will enable Cambodia to drive action, identify gaps, and target investments and interventions to prevent and address violence against children.
Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post-2015 development agenda- SRSG launches review of consultations with children across regions
More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children’s opinions and their recommendations for the future. “The message from the children involved in the consultations has been clear and unambiguous: violence is a major obstacle to child development and it urgently needs to be brought to an end!” - she said.
High-level Panel Discussion and launch of SRSG thematic report on ‘Releasing children’s potential and minimizing risks: ICTs, the Internet and Violence against Children’
The Panel Discussion was co-organized by the Special Representative and the Government of Costa Rica in cooperation with UNICEF and aimed to:
• Launch the thematic report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children “Releasing children’s potential and minimizing risks - ICTs, the Internet and Violence against Children”;
• Share good practices and experiences associated with the empowerment of children and their online protection;
• Promote enhanced cooperation at national, regional and international levels and encourage strategic partnerships to ensure follow-up to the recommendations of the SRSG thematic report.
SRSG Santos Pais presented her annual report in an interactive dialogue with the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly.
"25 years after its adoption, the CRC is as relevant as it was in 1989. Despite important progress achieved in many regards, fear and pain continue to haunt the lives of millions of children. For these children, the convention is a broken promise." - she said.
SRSG Santos Pais congratulates Nobel Peace Prize Winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi and praises the award Committee for honouring the human rights of children
“I wish to congratulate two remarkable champions of children’s rights, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, on the award of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
This award pays tribute to their decisive contribution to the cause of children’s rights, in particular to the elimination of discrimination and violence against children. It is also a recognition of the importance of this cause for the building of peaceful and cohesive societies.
UN Agencies and Experts, civil society organizations and more than 40 Member States representatives came together to advocate for the inclusion of violence against children as a key concern in the post-2015 development agenda. Held during the high level segment of the 69th General Assembly in New York, the side-event was convened by the Governments of Benin, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Paraguay and Sweden,together with leading child protection organizations and the SRSG on Violence against Children.