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...
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.
Violence against children and ICTs, a key concern addressed in the SRSG’s report to the General Assembly
The 2014 Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the UN General Assembly is now available in six languages. Issued during the year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report gives special attention to the opportunities and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies, putting forward core recommendations to minimize possible risks and release children’s potential in the digital world. This year’s report underscores the urgency of securing the right to freedom from violence for all children, including those at special risk of discrimination, stigma, neglect, abuse and exploitation, as is the case of those with albinism and accused of witchcraft.
New York (September 26, 2014) — The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs more clout to deliver on its promises. As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This treaty helps children seek justice through the UN when their national legal system cannot provide a remedy for violations of their rights.
The OP3 allows children or their representatives to report rights violations directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will then investigate their complaints, and can ask governments to take action.
Report of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (A/68/970)
London, 22 July 2014 - SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Girl Summit held in London, UK. The Girl Summit rallied a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. The event was webcasted here.
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Regions define actions to curb violence against young children - SRSG organizes Fourth Cross-Regional Round Table in Jamaica
Kingston, 1 July 2014 - Acting as a bridge-builder between regions, the SRSG convenes each year a Cross-Regional Round Table on violence against children. This important annual forum enables regional organizations and institutions to assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, share planned initiatives and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.
This year and for the first time, the Round Table also addressed a priority area of common concern: the prevention and elimination of violence in early childhood.