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Statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence aga
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21/11/2014

Statement by Marta Santos Pais, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, at the High-level meeting on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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20/11/2014

New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the...

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Recalling its vision, pursuing its missio
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20/11/2014

This event brought together some of the members of the drafting group of the CRC to reflect on the ethos of the Convention and the impact its principles and provisions have in today's world. The event also celebrated the Convention’s vision for children and the continuing pursuit of its noble mission.

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SRSG Santos Pais in Warsaw next to the monument to Janus Korczak
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Europe
11/11/2014

The Special Representative of the Secretary General on violence against children Marta Santos Pais joined this week the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Poland.  

“The Convention on the Rights of the Child owes much to Poland. The Convention’s vision of the child as a subject of rights...

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Europe
07/11/2014

In a high level meeting in Oslo, SRSG Santos Pais called on Governments around the world to invest in early childhood initiatives for the prevention and elimination of violence against children.

“Violence in early years has an irreversible impact on children's development and often shapes their adult lives. But beyond its impact on individual victims, it is associated...

 Asia Attempts to Understand, Reduce Violence Against Kids
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East Asia and Pacific
28/10/2014

Cambodia has launched a U.N.- backed survey into violence against children that found most abuse is carried out by family or adult relatives.
 
The survey in Cambodia, part of a U.N. program on the extent of child violence, found emotional, sexual and physical abuse of children was rampant, with more than half of minors encountering some form of physical violence by age 18.
 
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UN backs protection of women, children in Laos
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East Asia and Pacific
24/10/2014

Senior Lao officials and United Nations representatives met in Vientiane yesterday to discuss the development of the Law on Violence against Women and Children.

According to the Unicef office in Vientiane, Ms Santos Pais took part in a roundtable discussion on the new law with members of the National Assembly, Ministry of Justice, National Commission for Mothers and Children and...

Children in school in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF Cambodia/Andy Brown
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23/10/2014

22 October 2014 – Over half of Cambodian children have experienced at least one form of violence before the age of 18 while roughly a quarter have been emotionally abused, a new United Nations-backed survey has revealed, exploring the magnitude and nature of violence against children in the Southeast Asian country.

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SRSG Santos Pais promotes protection of children from violence in first visit to
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East Asia and Pacific
23/10/2014

Vientiane, 23 October 2014 – During her visit to Lao PDR, SRSG Santos Pais met with H. E. Pany Yathotou, President of the National Assembly, to discuss the important work taking place on the development of a new Law on Violence against Women and Children in Lao PDR.

 “In recent years, Lao PDR has made tremendous strides in...

SRSG key-note speaker in launch of first national household survey on violence
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East Asia and Pacific
22/10/2014

Phnom Penh, 22 October 2014 – In a three-day mission to Cambodia, SRSG Santos Pais joined the Government of Cambodia in the launch of the findings of the national Survey on Violence against Children. SRSG Santos Pais commended the Government for conducting this groundbreaking survey and for committing to a policy response and noted that it can provide a model for Asia and across regions...