When the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 it committed to strive for a world guided by human rights, a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and free from...
New York, 7 September 2016 - SRSG Santos Pais welcomes today’s launch of the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which provide guidance for the safe and effective reintegration of children into their families and communities, guided by international human rights standards and the best interests of the child.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes landmark decision by Paraguay to prohibit by law corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children
New York, 2 September 2016 - SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the promulgation of a new law in Paraguay prohibiting corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children.
“I congratulate Paraguay for this landmark decision, which is of crucial importance for the protection of Paraguayan children from violence. The adoption of this law underlines Paraguay’s strong commitment to implement its international legal obligations on the rights of the child and in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children”, SRSG Santos Pais said.
Renewed commitment needed to ensure a safe, non-violent, inclusive and relevant learning environment for indigenous children
NEW YORK, 9 August 2016 - On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, SRSG Santos Pais welcomes this year’s focus on the right to education.
“Despite important improvements in the promotion and protection of indigenous children’s rights, the gap between international human rights instruments and their implementation remains wide and challenging. Of particular relevance to this year’s theme of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are the severe inequalities indigenous children face in accessing and enjoying education, and in enjoying their culture and language”, the SRSG said.
Drawing on a study published by her office on tackling violence against children in schools, SRSG Santos Pais recalled the particular obstacles that can confront indigenous children in the realisation of their right to an inclusive and violence-free quality education:
When the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 it committed to strive for a world guided by human rights, a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and free from fear and from violence. Working towards sustained economic growth, social development and environmental protection for all, the agenda seeks to provide children and young people with a nurturing environment for the full realization of their rights and capabilities.
As well as being an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, the Agenda places the abuse, neglect and exploitation of children at the heart of its concerns and, for the very first time, sets a specific global target (16.2) to end all forms of violence against children.
SRSG welcomes the adoption of the ministerial declaration of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
SRSG Santos Pais welcomed the Ministerial Declaration adopted by the 2016 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development which strives for a world of peace, free from fear and violence. "With a strong resolve to ensuring that no one is left behind, the Declaration reaffirms the international community's commitment to advance progress in children’s protection from violence," she highlighted.
Joining the launch of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomed it as an opportunity to harness the ever-growing support for the protection of children.
The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is launched at an auspicious time, as world leaders gather to review implementation of Agenda 2030. Target 16.2 of Agenda 2030 seeks to end all forms of violence against children along with the other violence-related SDG targets. The Global Partnership can help bring the leading role of governments together with the energy and commitment of civil society, the private sector, foundations, and children themselves.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children in Viet Nam
Ha Noi (Viet Nam), 22 June, 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, has concluded a three day visit to Viet Nam, welcoming significant developments and calling on the government, civil society and all stakeholders for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children. As in other parts of the world, in Viet Nam children are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and violence at the home; to the persistence of cross-border trafficking, sexual exploitation and child labour; to the overuse of detention of child offenders; and to the increasing threat of online abuse.
SRSG Santos Pais participated in Bangkok, Thailand, in the second meeting of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice Subcommittee for ASEAN. Addressing juvenile justice priorities for the region, the meeting provided a momentous platform to brief governmental delegations from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty and to identify opportunities for the ASEAN region to support its important preparation.
Day of the African Child: Protecting all children's rights and investing in children is paramount for Africa
Conflict and crisis in Africa have a devastating impact on children’s right to life, the right to live in a family environment, the right to protection from violence, the right to health and education and the right to survival and development.
Regardless of whether in times of conflict or in times of peace, children have the right to protection from violence wherever they may be and to grow up in a safe and supportive environment in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.