Violence against Children takes center-stage at General Assembly side event

Violence against Children takes center-stage at General Assembly side event

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 with leading child protection organizations and the SRSG on Violence against Children.

“The elimination of violence is a pre-condition for sustainable development and the negotiation of the future global development agenda offers a unique opportunity to break the cycle of violence”, stressed SRSG Marta Santos Pais. “In order to mobilize stronger action and leverage progress in the years to come, children’s protection from violence must remain both a distinct priority and a cross-cutting concern, especially under the goals regarding education, gender equality, economic growth and decent work, and the safety of cities and human settlements”, she added.

Participants in the meeting urged that the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child be used to draw attention to the legal and ethical imperative to end violence against children, and to ensure that governments preserve and strengthen the targets on violence against children in the Sustainable Development agenda.

On September 26th, SRSG Santos Pais participated in the World Leader's Forum, devoted to the theme "Children in the Age of Sustainable Development". This high-level event, which took place at the Columbia University in New-York, aimed to discuss how children’s rights can be main streamed and interlinked into the Sustainable Development Goals, in a attempt to identify a framework for children’s development that can underpin many of the targets and indicators under consideration.

SRSG Santos Pais video message

Webcast of side event