SRSG Santos Pais welcomes Resolution on Violence against Children calling on the eradication of violence in the Americas


The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomes the adoption of ResolutionCD/Res.08 (92-R/17) on violence against children adopted during the 92nd Regular meeting of the Directing Council of the Inter American Children´s Institute (IIN) held in Barbados on September 19 and 20.

The Resolution reaffirmed the commitment of the Member States of the Organization of American States (OAS) to end violence against children in line with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The Resolution emphasises the urgency of eradicating violence in all setting, with a special attention to the juvenile justice system through the promotion of restorative justice programs and alternative measures to deprivation of liberty.

Within the framework of the collaboration promoted by the Special Representative and the OAS, SRSG Santos Pais addressed national authorities from across the region to strengthen the national child protection systems and to advance the elimination of violence against children in the Americas.

Dr. Luis Almagro the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States highlighted the important platform provided by these periodic meetings to identify opportunities to strengthen cooperation between Member States, with the IIN and with the UN system.

During the meeting, Ms. Santos Pais acknowledged the important policies and law reform processes promoted in the region to end violence against children, including the recent Action Plans of Paraguay, and Mexico. Currently, 10 out of OAS Member States have a full legal ban of all forms of violence, while countries like Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Panama have ongoing law reform process to achieve the same goal. “I welcome the taken in the Americas to adopt national policies and laws to explicitly prohibiting all forms of violence against children in all settings, including in the home. But more needs to be done to consolidate and  ensure their effective implementation. Children’s legal protection from all forms of violence, including from corporal punishment in the home and family is a key measure to succeed in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda” said Santos Pais.

Note issued by the IIN