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Children want the elimination of violence to be a priority in the post-2015 deve
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16/10/2014

More than 800.000 children were involved in the numerous consultations held across the world on the future sustainable development goals. The report just launched by SRSG Santos Pais in New York captures the richness of children’s opinions and their recommendations for the future. “The message from the children involved in the consultations has been clear and unambiguous: violence is a major...

SRSG launches report: "Why Children’s Protection from Violence should be at the
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15/10/2014

From Foreword

Freedom from violence is critical to achieving a sustainable future in which every child can grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and effectively protected from neglect, abuse and exploitation.

As the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) draws near, the ...

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10/10/2014

“I wish to congratulate two remarkable champions of children’s rights, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, on the award of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

This award pays tribute to their decisive contribution to the cause of children’s rights, in particular to the elimination of discrimination and violence against children. It is also a recognition of the importance of this cause for the...

Violence against Children takes center-stage at General Assembly side event
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30/09/2014

UN Agencies and Experts, civil society organizations and more than 40 Member States representatives came together to advocate for the inclusion of violence against children as a key concern in the post-2015 development agenda. Held during the high level segment of the 69th General Assembly in New York, the side-event was convened by the Governments of Benin, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Paraguay and Sweden,together...

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29/09/2014

The 2014 Report of SRSG Santos Pais to the UN General Assembly is now available in six languages. Issued during the year of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report gives special attention to the opportunities and risks associated with children’s use of new information and communication technologies, putting...

Making violence against children visible: Human Rights Council discusses the way
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29/09/2014

Geneva, 23 September 2014 – The need to accelerate progress towards the elimination of violence against children at the heart of a panel discussion held in the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.

“Online or offline, the urgency of protecting children from violence has certainly not diminished! As stressed by UNICEF recent report, violence is a reality hidden in plain sight!! The...

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20
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26/09/2014

New York (September 26, 2014) — The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs more clout to deliver on its promises. As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This...

The Gleaner: Stop hitting your child!
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Americas
06/07/2014

 For centuries, Jamaicans have used corporal punishment - spanking, slapping, flogging, beating, whipping, whacking or thrashing - to discipline children.

But now, international organisations, led by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), are arguing that the age-old practice is child abuse and should be outlawed.

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Jamaica Information Service: Jamaicans must end Violence against Children
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Americas
03/07/2014

Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, has pointed to the need for Jamaicans to work together to speed up the pace of progress in eliminating violence against the nation’s children.

Mr. Patterson was addressing the opening session of the United Nations (UN) Cross-Regional Meeting for Advancing the Protection of Children from Violence held on Monday (June 30...

The Gleaner: Do More To Combat Violence Against Children - UN Rep
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Americas
03/07/2014

Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation's children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched.

Speaking at The Gleaner's Editors' Forum yesterday, United Nations (UN) Special...