Leadership and accountability are essential to reach the ambitious vision of the 2030 Agenda to build a world free from fear and violence for every child


Stepping up progress towards the 2030 SDG targets on violence against children must be at the heart of the policy agenda of every nation is a central message in the 2017 Annual Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the General Assembly. “Leadership and accountability are essential to realize the ambitious vision of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda for a world free from fear and violence, a world that invests in children and where no child is left behind. The world confronts the greatest wave of child migrants and refugees since the Second World War, with its attendant risks of neglect, harassment, ill treatment and exploitation. Violence infuses the daily life of these children, and fear and insecurity are widespread. As the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration begin to take shape, safeguarding the rights of children on the move is ever more pressing.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes launch of academic Global Report 2017 Ending Violence in Childhood


The launch of the new Global Report 2017 Ending Violence in Childhood, issued on September 26 by the international learning initiative Know Violence in Childhood is an important contribution to our understanding of the scale and impact of violence in childhood based on a critical review of research and data from across regions. We welcome the launch of this important academic report and are confident it will help to stimulate further research and action to help ensure all children grow up free from violence and enjoy a genuine opportunity to develop to their full potential.

SRSG welcomes commitment to tackle impunity for witchcraft related human rights violations and to children's protection from violence


To strengthen children's protection from violence and prevent associated risks, the Office of the Special Representative co-organized an international workshop in Geneva with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism, in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, the Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network and Lancaster University.

States' representatives, alongside UN experts, academics and civil society organizations shared important experiences to raise awareness and enhance multi-stakeholder action to prevent and address witchcraft and related violence and harmful practices, building on and consolidating critical work done on this issue across regions.

SRSG Santos Pais highlights importance of children as agents of change in session to honour the legacy of Janus Korczak

SRSG Santos Pais joined the 8th International Janus Korczak Child Rights Congress in Warsaw as keynote speaker on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the last road of Janusz Korczak and children from the Orphans Home in Warsaw. 
The session was hosted by the University Maria Grzegorzewska in cooperation with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children in Poland, and brought together child rights experts and academia from around the world.
Ms. Santos Pais praised the vision of Mr. Korczak for inspiring the international community to count on children as a resource and agents of change. 

SRSG-VAC office joins high level panel on implementation of national policies to end violence against children


New York, 19 September - The office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children joined a ministerial level panel discussion on ending violence against children organized by the Governments of Maldives, Estonia and Nigeria during the high level segment of the United Nations General Assembly.

“We commend the Governments of Maldives, Estonia and Nigeria for recognizing violence against children as a priority in their policy agenda and for hosting this important meeting during the high-level week of the General Assembly,” said the representative of the SRSG office at the event.

The meeting provided an important platform to share lessons from the process of implementation of national policies and programs to enhance the protection of children from violence.

SRSG calls for steady investment in early childhood to promote the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence


To promote the implementation of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, the President of the General Assembly hosted a High Level Forum “Sowing the Seeds of the Culture of Peace: Early Childhood Development is the Beginning”, at UN Headquarters, New York.

In her remarks to the Forum, SRSG Santos Pais highlighted that investment in early childhood is crucial both to ensure children's development and to build peaceful and inclusive societies around the world. "Early childhood is where everything starts and it is also where investment can achieve the highest returns.”

Special Representative welcomes new Zanzibar Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children


Special Representative Santos Pais welcomes the launch of the New Zanzibar Plan of Action to End Violence Against Women and Children, 2017-2022. The National Plan builds on the country's initial response to the findings of the Violence Against Children data survey carried out in 2009 to advance implementation of the recommendations made by the UN Study on Violence against Children. It represents the culmination of a very comprehensive process of consultation and collaboration between government, UN agencies, development partners, NGOs and civil society stakeholders in developing a strategic framework that provides an overall vision and costed set of agreed actions to address violence against women and children in Zanzibar.

SRSG hails increased visibility given to children’s rights in the High Level Political Forum Ministerial Declaration


SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the greater visibility given to the promotion and protection of children’s rights, including their right to freedom from all forms of violence, in the Ministerial Declaration of the 2017 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

“The HLPF is an important opportunity to place children at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. The Declaration reaffirms the commitment of the international community to children, especially in ending poverty, ensuring healthy lives, achieving gender equality, promoting child participation, and eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination, including harmful practices. Only by placing children first in actions to implement the 2030 Agenda and investing in all dimensions of their wellbeing including a protective environment, can we realize its vision of a world free from fear and from violence” said Santos Pais.

Placing Children at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Agenda


Joining a conversation with leaders during the High Level Political Forum, SRSG calls for sound investment in children to end child poverty and violence against children, stressing that "the best way to leave no child behind is to place children first".

SRSG Santos Pais today joined a high-level side-event where leaders discussed the intersection between ending poverty and violence against children and their crucial contribution to the achievement of the SDGs. The event was jointly hosted by the SRSG, UNICEF, the Governments of Indonesia and Sweden and high profile speakers included the President of Chile, the Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning, the Swedish Minister of Public Administration and the Minister for Social Affairs of Chile.

Day of the African Child: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030


The Special Representative welcomes the 2017 theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC) on accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for all children in Africa by 2030.

Over two years ago, the global sustainable development agenda was unanimously adopted by Member States of the United Nations to uphold the rights, dignity and worth of each and every child. The vision of the Agenda is aligned with the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063 and the African Agenda for Children 2040 which seeks to invest in children and ensure that every child grows up free from all forms of violence and develops to their full potential.