Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children joins VI Meeting of the Committee on Childhood of the Ibero American Union of Capital Cities

05/09/2017

On September 4 and 5 the Municipality of La Paz hosted the VI Meeting of the Committee on Childhood of the Ibero American Union of Capital Cities (UCCI). The meeting gathered child rights authorities of 30 Ibero American capital cities, including La Paz (Bolivia), Asunción (Paraguay), La Habana (Cuba), Lisboa (Portugal), San Salvador (El Salvador), Madrid (España), Puerto Príncipe (Haití), Quito (Ecuador), Brasilia (Brasil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala), Lima (Perú), Ciudad de Panamá (Panamá), San José (Costa Rica) and Santiago (Chile).  The meeting promoted exchange of experiences and the identification of opportunities to strengthening the role of municipalities to safeguard the protection of children from violence in line of the implementation of the Global Sustainable Development Agenda  and of the New Urban Agenda, including through the investment in early childhood.  The meeting was supported by UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan international, World Vision  and Educo.

At the meeting, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children called on the protection of children from violence from early childhood and presented key recommendations for the development of a municipal roadmap to protect children´s rights,  and children´s freedom from violence.

The Declaration adopted by the VI Committee on Childhood of the Ibero American Union of Capital Cities reaffirmed local governments´ commitment to promote high visibility to experiences at municipal level on the protection of children in all settings. Local governments also stressed their commitment to develop policies, regulation supported by adequate allocation of financial resources and the promotion of positives practices to strengthen the protection of children in early childhood, while recognizing the urgent need of providing adequate support to parents and guardians in the upbringing of children, and of ensuring special attention to children on the move across the Ibero American region. All these initiatives should be framed by participatory processes, including national governments, municipal authorities and children themselves.