Political Commitments by Regional Organizations and Institutions to Prevent and Address Violence against Children

 

Political Commitments by Regional Organizations and Institutions to Prevent and Address Violence against Children

From Foreword by SRSG on Violence against Children

"The collaboration with regional organizations and institutions to advance implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children has been a critical dimension of this process.

In the past two years, considerable progress has been achieved in this area with a growing institutionalization of regional governance structures and the development of regional initiatives. Leading regional organizations and institutions have pledged to protect children from violence, including the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the League of Arab States, the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), States in the Asia Pacific Region, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the MERCOSUR Permanent Commission Nin@sur, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the African Union and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

The commitments assembled in this publication open avenues for enhanced national implementation efforts and accelerated progress in securing children’s right to freedom from violence, everywhere and at all times. And they are also a strong reminder that violence against children is not inevitable and can be effectively prevented and addressed."