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Message from Marta Santos Pais International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples
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09/08/2012

The past years have been marked by a strengthening of the rights of indigenous peoples, including the rights of indigenous children. Together with other international standards, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols remain a crucial reference in this regard. The new third Optional Protocol to the Convention on a Communications Procedure will allow children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on...

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13/07/2012

At the the Twenty-Third Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on Children and Youth, held in Georgetown, Guyana, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque called for greater investment in evidence-based policies and sustainable social programmes to address violence against children and youth.

Mr. LaRoqcue urged Ministers with responsibility for children and youth to “...

SRSG Marta Santos Pais co-organizes expert consultation on Data Research Sweden
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21/06/2012

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children joined the Government of Sweden and the Children’s Welfare Foundation Sweden in the organization of an expert consultation on knowledge for change, data and research.

More than 40 high level experts participated in the meeting held from 19 to 21 June.
The meeting aimed at assessing progress on the consolidation of data systems and research...

Marta Santos Pais harmful practices consultation Ethiopia
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14/06/2012

Law Reform, community dialogue and social mobilization are key strategies to prevent and promote the abandonment of harmful practices against children these were crucial strategies identified by the International Expert Consultation held in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by the SRSG on Violence against Children and Plan International, and co-organized with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the Committee...

Marta Santos Pais Message World Day against Child Labour
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12/06/2012

I welcome the celebration today of the World Day against Child Labour, which is an opportunity to renew our commitment to end the plight of the more than 215 million children worldwide who are still trapped in child labour and denied their basic human rights.
 
The exploitation of children through labour, in particular its worst forms, is a major obstacle to realizing the dream of a world where violence against children has...

Marta Santos Pais visits Ireland
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12/06/2012

The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais left Dublin this evening at the end of a two day visit to participate in an international jury to oversee the design competition of a memorial to victims of childhood abuse in institutions in Ireland.  The commissioning of a memorial was recommended by the Ryan Report. The jury is expected to deliver its recommendations to...

Marta Santos Pais in Sri Lanka
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30/05/2012

Special Representative Santos Pais participated in the South Asia Follow Up Regional Consultation on the UN Study on Violence against Children, on 26-30 May, 2012, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The consultation was organized by South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), in collaboration with the Office of the SRSG, and with the support of South Asia Coordination Group on Action against Violence...

Violence against Children in spotlight at Caribbean meeting Marta Santos Pais
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15/05/2012

Caribbean leaders converged at the Jamaica Conference Centre May 14-15, to discuss stepping up efforts to tackle the regional epidemic of violence against children.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, and Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, were among 150 delegates from CARICOM Member-States, civil society groups and adolescents who...

Children's Decalaration on Violence against Children in the Caribbean
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15/05/2012

"Today, we the delegates present to you our declaration first because we would like to think of it as strategy to get you to listen to what we have to say before you formulate the plans you have for us. This would further concrete the reason as to why you are here to first ask us what we think as opposed to you planning and deciding and then asking. Therefore we would like to present our points and hope that our voices won’t be...

Marta Santos Pais UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
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30/04/2012

The SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, participated in the 21st Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that took place in Vienna.

The SRSG emphasized the importance of a juvenile justice system based on the respect of the rights of the child for the prevention and elimination of incidents of violence against children.

“It is critical to consolidate a child sensitive and non...