SRSG News

Marta Santos Pais with Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, HE Mannaseh Sogavare
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East Asia and Pacific
Community
21/05/2015

HONIARA, 21 May 2015 - Concluding a three day visit to the Solomon Islands, the SRSG commended the government for the expression of its strong commitment to the prevention and elimination of violence against children through the enactment of legislation, policy reform and increased budgetary allocations for children. During her visit, the SRSG met the Prime Minister H.E. Mannaseh Sogavare and other high...

SRSG Santos Pais outlines four priority goals to reduce violence against childre
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East Asia and Pacific
Home and family
20/05/2015

NADI, FIJI 20 May 2015 – SRSG Santos Pais praised Pacific leaders for their strong commitment to reduce the high rates of violence against children reported in the region.

During a three-day conference in Fiji that brought policy makers, civil society groups and government leaders from 13 Pacific countries together to discuss more effective ways to address violence against...

2015 International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” - Secretary-General's mess
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Home and family
15/05/2015

The theme of this year’s International Day of Families – “Men in Charge?” – highlights the importance of gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families. Around the world, more women are becoming recognized as the equal partners and decisionmakers in families that they should be, thus helping to ensure a conducive environment for the full and harmonious...

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13/05/2015

13 May 2015 –Speaking ahead of the International Dayagainst Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a group of United Nations and international human rights experts* call for an end to discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people and children.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, a group of UN human rights experts, the Inter-American Commission on Human...

SRSG Santos Pais calls for action to fight impunity around violence against chil
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Americas
13/05/2015

Brasilia, 13 May 2015 - In the year in which Brazil commemorates the 25th anniversary of the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the Statute of Children and Adolescents, a meeting of the Permanent Commission of the initiative “NiñoSur” of MERCOSUR was held on the 7th and 8th of May in Brasilia (XXVI RAADH Meeting). The meeting focused on the...

Justice needs to be more child-friendly, finds European Union Agency for Fundame
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Europe
Care and justice systems
06/05/2015
Each year hundreds of thousands of children across the EU are involved in legal proceedings. Justice systems need to do...
SRSG with President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina
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Americas
04/05/2015

In the month dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in the Dominican Republic, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais visited the country to participate in the launching event of the National Roadmap for the prevention and response to violence against children living in Dominican Republic.

The Roadmap was developed to follow up on the commitments...

SRSG Santos Pais with President of Chile, Ms Michelle Bachelet
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Americas
01/05/2015

SRSG Santos Pais participated in Chile in High level Meetings for the development of comprehensive legislation for the protection of children's rights, including a legal prohibition of all forms of violence against children. The legislation will be supported by a national policy framework to advance effective implementation.

Recognizing the urgency of this process, President Michelle Bachelet announced that the new comprehensive...

UNICEF photo Chile
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Americas
02/04/2015

The National Institute of Human Rights of Chile, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the Regional Office for South America of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNICEF welcome the decision by the Senate of Chile to unanimously approve the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which will soon enter...

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Africa
20/03/2015

SRSG Santos Pais is visiting Malawi from 22 – 26 March 2015 to support the launch of a new study, commissioned by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, on the prevalence of violence against children in the country. She will hold discussions with senior officials of the Government of Malawi, Parliamentarians and other key stakeholders, including civil society...