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08/08/2016

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...

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26/07/2016

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.

The...

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12/07/2016

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...

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22/06/2016

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...

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17/06/2016

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...

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16/06/2016

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...

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15/06/2016

SRSG Santos Pais joined the launch of the Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, an initiative promoted by ECPAT Luxembourg and ECPAT International.

The Guidelines are the result of an in-depth reflexion by a Global Interagency Working Group on the words used to refer to some of the worst violations of children’s dignity and sexual integrity. Their aim is to build...

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13/06/2016

SRSG Santos Pais joined hands with the Permanent Missions of Mexico and Norway to the United Nations to promote a discussion with Professor Dan Olweus on “Key Elements of a Successful Bullying Prevention Programme”.

The session, held in the Permanent Mission of Mexico, brought together, member states representatives, UN Agencies, civil society organizations and...

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04/06/2016

Governments from over 70 countries, many represented at ministerial level, met last week in Vienna to reflect on strategies to prevent and eliminate the corporal punishment of children.

Convened by the Austrian government, the High Level Global Conference “Towards Childhoods free from corporal punishment” is the...

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03/06/2016

Ahead of the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, marked annually on 4 June, the UN News Centre sat down with Mrs. Santos Pais. The interview touched on the state of the world's children and her work with UN entities, governments, regional organizations and civil society partners to effect positive change.

UN News Centre: Ten years ago, the UN released a global study on violence against children...