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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.
SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.
"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
SRSG calls for the establishment of an Ombudsman for children to promote the best interests of the child and address violations of children’s rights
Berlin - At the launch of the 2014 UNICEF report “Every Child has Rights”, in Berlin, SRSG Santos Pais praised progress in the area of child protection, but recalled that many challenges persist a quarter-century after the adoption of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child. In this regard, the Special Representative highlighted the importance of establishing independent institutions for children’s rights as well as child sensitive counselling, reporting and complaint mechanisms to address violence against children as a key component of effective national strategies to safeguard children’s rights.
Regional organizations and SRSG enhance cooperation to strengthen the protection of young children from violence
SRSG Santos Pais and representatives from regional organisations and institutions will hold on June 30 and July 1 a Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention of violence in early childhood. The meeting is promoted by the SRSG and hosted, in Kingston, by the Government of Jamaica.
Violence prevention in early childhood is a priority for the SRSG mandate and a critical strategy to break the cycle of violence compromising children's rights. In early years, children experience the most rapid process of growth and development; but this is also the time during which children are at high risk of violence, often associated with irreversible consequences for their health and well-being.
San José, Costa Rica, June 6, 2014– Reducing risks associated with the use of technology and promoting its beneficial potential is the theme of the International Consultation organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations organized in Costa Rica with the support of UNICEF, in cooperation with the Costa Rican government and opened by Vice President of the Republic, Ms. Ana Helena Chacon Echeverria.
Given the increasing number of cases of violence against children in Costa Rica, UN agencies and partner organizations working in children’s rights seek to establish dialogue platforms to enhance cooperation to prevent and eliminate the phenomenon that affects thousands of children and adolescents in Costa Rica and the world.
The Brazilian Senate approved a new law prohibiting all forms of corporal punishment against children.
"With this historic decision, Brazilian children can grow up in safety and in a protective environment, and violence can be made part of a distant past" said SRSG Santos Pais. "I wholeheartedly welcome the adoption of this new law. It marks a turning point in Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it also gains a decisive global relevance. Indeed, with the enactment of this legislation, the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban on all forms of violence will increase from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
SRSG Santos Pais calls for introduction of legal ban on all forms of violence against children in every country
“The elimination of all forms of violence against children, including corporal punishment, is a human rights imperative. Crucial for child development, it is also a pre-requisite to the realisation of a peaceful society, promoting investment in the human capital of nations and generating huge social and economic benefits."
SRSG Santos Pais' call was made at the two-day High-Level conference “Childhood free from corporal punishment”, held in Stockholm, Sweden.
SRSG makes strong call for strengthening the protection of children from violence in Central America, Dominican Republic and Belize
Participating in the Commission on Security of the Central American Integration System (SICA), SRSG Santos Pais welcomed progress achieved in many Central American countries in ensuring the protection of children from violence through legislative reforms, the adoption of national integrated policy frameworks, the strengthening of institutions and a process of public information, communication and social mobilization.
Despite these significant advances, progress remains slow and fragmented. While violence continues to destroy the lives of thousands of children and adolescents around the world, Central America is considered the most violent region for children, where violence is associated with organized crime, drug trafficking, guns availability and gangs’ action.
“The adoption of the Model Strategies on the Elimination of Violence against Children in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice is a milestone in the world’s commitment towards the elimination of all forms of violence against children”, stressed SRSG Santos Pais.
Firmly anchored in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this landmark text was adopted at the May 2014 session of the UNODC Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and will be submitted to the upcoming session of the General Assembly.
Why it is crucial to place the protection of children from violence at the centre of the global sustainable development agenda
The protection of boys and girls from all forms of violence is a concern the international community cannot afford to omit from the post-2015 development agenda.
In fact, freedom from violence is indispensable to a sustainable future in which children will be able to grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and protected from abuse and neglect. A future in which equity and social progress will be a reality for all members of the human family.
Despite important progress made in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), countries affected by violence have been lagging behind. They have a higher risk of poverty and malnourishment, higher levels of child mortality, poorer health and higher rates of children out of school.