SRSG News

SRSG welcomes adoption by Council of Europe of Strategy for Rights of the Child
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Language: English
Regions: Europe
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15/02/2012

The strategy on the rights of the child 2012-15 proposes a vision for the Council of Europe’s role and action in this field, taking into account the progress achieved during the two previous policy cycles (the latest one referred to as the Stockholm Strategy), the needs expressed by governments and the challenges identified by the international community. The strategy is the result of extensive consultations with governments,...

SRSG Santos Pais visits Japan
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Language: English
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Settings: Home and family
10/02/2012

On a four day visit to Japan, the SRSG advocated for the strengthening of national legislation to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including within the home, fight child pornography and to promote the signature and ratification of the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2011.

The SRSG held important meetings...

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09/02/2012

The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure which was adopted at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, will be open for signature at a signing ceremony to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28 February 2012 and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters.

This new Protocol will allow children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the...

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08/02/2012

The third annual report of the SRSG on Violence against Children to the Human Rights Council is available. The report reviews key developments and initiatives promoted, and identifies priority areas to which the Special Representative will devote special attention to accelerate progress in children‘s protection from all forms of...

Marta Santos Pais participates in international colloquium on extreme poverty
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Language: English
Regions: Europe
Settings: Community
26/01/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children participated in an international colloquium on extreme poverty and violence, which was organized by the International Movement ATD Fourth World with support from UNESCO, in Paris, France.

The discussions focused on understanding the forms of violence faced by people in chronic poverty and the pathways towards peace, bearing in mind that people living in...

Launch of Child Helpline International’s report on violence against children
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Language: English
Regions: Europe
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25/01/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children attended the launch of Child Helpline International’s fifth report on violence against children in Paris, France.

In her statement, Ms Santos Pais emphasized that although widespread, violence against children is often hidden or socially condoned as an acceptable practice or form of discipline. It is seldom reported: official statistics hardly...

Expert Consultation on prevention to violence against children
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Language: English
Regions: Europe
Settings: Care and justice systems
24/01/2012

UN partners based in Vienna, New York and Geneva convened an Expert Consultation on the prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system.

The Consultation received strong support from the Government of Austria and UNICEF and was opened by Yury Fedotov Executive Director, UNODC, Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Wolfgang Waldner,...

Joint Statement of the ASEAN Commission and SRSG on Violence against Children
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Language: English
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
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18/01/2012

Manila, the Philippines -The ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) convened a Consultative Meeting with the Special Representative of the UN...

SRSG interview: World must ratify rules to stem child abuse
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Regions: East Asia and Pacific
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16/01/2012

BANGKOK (AlertNet) – The United Nations’ special representative on violence against children this week urged countries globally to ratify two protocols protecting the world’s youngest people, as she visited the East Asia and Pacific region where over one in four children have been sexually abused.

Marta Santos Pais called on governments to ratify the two ...

Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on Violence against Children visits EAPRO
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Regions: East Asia and Pacific
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11/01/2012

 Bangkok, Thailand - On her way to meet with the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children’ in the Philippines, Ms Santos Pais visited the UNICEF Regional Office for East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok to speak to colleagues from regional UN agencies, NGOs and interested embassy representatives about pressing child protection issues and...