SRSG concludes week-long visit to Malawi to support national efforts to end violence against children and promote the abandonment of harmful practices


On her second visit to Malawi, the Special Representative met senior government officials, traditional leaders, and representatives from civil society and development agencies to support national efforts to end violence against children, including harmful practices. The visit provided a strategic opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the policy agenda developed by the Government in response to the findings of the survey on violence against children launched last year. The visit also helped focus national attention on the high prevalence of child marriages, as well as the abuse associated with sexual initiation ceremonies, and attacks against children with albinism. 

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the designation of Manfred Nowak to lead the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty


“I want to express my strong commitment to work closely with the Independent Expert to prevent children’s deprivation of liberty and to safeguard their rights and ensure the effective reintegration of those placed in detention. I am confident that the work promoted by Mr. Nowak will be key to mobilize all stakeholders in advancing measures on crime prevention and on building evidence to prevent children's criminalization and deprivation of liberty, as well as on the protection of children from violence, on the enhancement of their access to justice, and on establishing and reinforcing child-friendly proceedings and institutions in the criminal justice system” said Ms. Santos Pais.

SRSG Santos Pais launches new study on Protecting children from Armed Violence in the Community


Quito, October 19, 2016 – Armed violence in the community compromises children’s rights and is associated with serious risks for their development and safety, causing children to be injured, disabled, traumatized, exploited, orphaned, imprisoned and at times killed.

On 19 October, SRSG Santos Pais, launched her new report on Protecting children from Armed Violence in the Community on the occasion of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito.

SRSG launches new landmark publication on children’s protection from bullying


New York, 14 October 2016 – The SRSG on violence against children launches a new landmark publication on the protection of children from bullying and cyberbullying today. Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace brings together reflections and recommendations for action from leading experts around the world and builds on the recently published report of the UN Secretary-General on the protection of children from bullying.

Secretary-General’s report on bullying provides strong foundation for accelerated action to end the torment for children


New York, 12 October 2016 - Speaking today at the presentation of the recently published Secretary-General’s report on the protection of children from bullying to the General Assembly, SRSG Santos Pais outlines both the progress that has been made at a global level in tackling this form of violence against children and the substantial challenges that remain.

SRSG marks the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child. Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement


“As we commemorate the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child in the era of the data revolution it is critical that reliable and disaggregated data is captured and used to inform policy decisions and support social change. The failure to capture gender dimensions of violence in data and research can compromise the impact of our efforts to address violence in its various forms and manifestations”, said SRSG Santos Pais. 

SRSG marks with partners the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children on the occasion of the Human Rights Council


The Special Representative joined the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect, a wide group of civil society organizations, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children in a panel discussion to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children on the margins of the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council on 27 September in Geneva. The event was co-sponsored by the Governments of Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and Uruguay.

The panel discussion examined achievements made since the presentation of the UN Study on Violence against Children in 2006 and identified emerging challenges and strategic opportunities for accelerating progress towards the elimination of violence against, including in the context of Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes launch of Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour


A new Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour was launched today at a side event of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York. SDG Alliance 8.7 builds on the momentum created by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and brings together all key stakeholders to focus efforts on the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of all forms of child labour. Alliance 8.7 will increase global awareness on these issues, strengthen coordination of existing measures, promote effective monitoring and knowledge sharing and help generate resources for interventions.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes ratification by Ukraine and accession by Georgia to the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure


SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes today's ratification by Georgia of this important child rights treaty. With this significant step, 29 countries have now ratified the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure and 50 have signed it.

The Protocol allows children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on violations of their rights.

To support the process of ratification and to ensure that the protocol is understandable for children, the Office of the SRSG has developed an advocacy tool that is available here.

"The Optional Protocol remains a high priority for my mandate and I call on all Governments to consider its urgent ratification." stated SRSG Santos Pais.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the release of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying


The report is framed by General Assembly resolution 69/158 which recognised bullying and cyberbullying as a manifestation of violence against children of global concern, and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on protecting children from bullying, emphasising its causes and effects, good practices and guidance to prevent and respond to it.

Bullying and cyberbullying compromise children’s development, health and education, generating depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, humiliation, frustration and anger. Bullying is consistently identified by children as being among their top concerns and it is one of the main reasons why they call a helpline.