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SRSG strategic collaboration with the Central American Integration System - SICA
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South Asia
14/06/2013

On June 2013, the Special Representative held a high-level meeting with SICA, the Central America Integration System, in El Salvador, to discuss strategic areas of cooperation on children’s protection from violence, and to promote the mainstreaming of this concern in SICA´s agenda. The promotion of the rule of law, restorative juvenile justice programs, and public policies for violence prevention were...

Photo: Sévaré, Mali. Young domestic worker washing clothes, 2010 © ILO/M
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Work
12/06/2013

On World Day against Child Labour, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called on all governments, civil society and the public to join efforts in the fight against child domestic labour.

"Children trapped in domestic work are often exposed to violence, including sexual abuse," Ms....

State of the World's Children 2013 - Children with Disabilities
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30/05/2013

During her mission to Finland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the new UNICEF report on the State of the World’s Children, which focuses on the challenges that children with disabilities face in ensuring their participation as full members of society and the...

Marta Santos Pais SRSG study on Violence against Indigenous Girls
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28/05/2013

" This new report, Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women: a call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, is a thoughtful contribution to the global agenda to prevent and eliminate violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. It offers valuable insights, positive experiences and comprehensive...

SRSG commends child centered approach promoted by Norwegian Children’s Houses
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Europe
26/05/2013

From 23 to 27 of May the Special Representative conducted an official visit to Norway. The visit took place on the occasion of the Parliament’s review of the governmental White Paper on violence in the family and in close relations. The White Paper, developed by the Ministries for Children, Health and Justice provides a significant evidence base to inform more targeted and effective prevention and services...

Maldives approaching ‘critical juncture’ with upcoming elections – UN official
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09/05/2013

9 May 2013 – The upcoming elections in the Maldives represent an important opportunity to move forward with its democratic transition, a senior United Nations official stressedtoday, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the country.

“We are...

SRSG Marta Santos Pais visited the Maldives
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South Asia
08/05/2013

In a five-day visit to the Maldives, SRSG Marta Santos Pais expressed her support to national efforts to address concerns about a young girl of 15 years of age victim of sexual abuse and sentenced to flogging, whose case has received worldwide attention and whose protection remains a serious concern.

“I welcome the expression of condemnation by the President and other Maldivian authorities, as well as...

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Care and justice systems
29/04/2013

29 April 2013 - Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the adoption by the 23rd session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of a resolution calling for model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice.

The resolution builds upon the...

Marta Santos Pais UNDOC
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Care and justice systems
25/04/2013

25 April 2013 - A side event on the crucial issue of violence against children in the criminal justice system took place during the 22nd Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Speakers view the UN's standard and norms in the area of crime prevention and criminal justice as offering strong support to children, but they also expressed fear that violence against children increases the...

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04/04/2013

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomed the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). "This new treaty constitutes a crucial piece in the international normative framework for the protection of children from violence and for the prevention of the detrimental impact of armed violence on children's well being".
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