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SRSG welcomes Pakistan's commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation
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09/06/2011

ISLAMABAD – In a joint statement with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, UNICEF Pakistan today welcomed the Government of Pakistan’s move to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

“The ratification of this Optional Protocol marks a significant milestone...

Brazil to adopt legal ban on corporal punishment of children
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19/05/2011

Brazília - The announcement that Brazil is very close to enacting a total prohibition of corporal punishment of children came during a seminar on legislative responses against corporal punishment of children and adolescents, held in the House of Representatives of Brazil. The event was organized by the Embassy of Sweden, the Brazilian Government and Save the Children Sweden to discuss the draft Bill 7.672/10...

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16/05/2011

New York - Representatives of Finland, Mauritius and Pakistan announced their countries' intention to ratify the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in the near future. The announcements were made during an event held at UN headquarters today to commemorate the first anniversary of the campaign for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the...

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28/04/2011

Asuncion, Paraguay - The Sub-Regional meeting of follow up to the UN Study on Violence against Children in South-America was held in Asuncion, Paraguay, on 28 and 29 of April. Co-organized by the SRSG Office with the Global Movement for Children Chapter of Latin America and Caribbean and the Government of Paraguay, the meeting was recognized of "national interest" by a Paraguayan Presidential Decree and...

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12/04/2011

Open Letter:

Across the world millions of street children face a daily struggle of abuse, hunger and exclusion as the international community fails to realise their rights.

In India alone there are an estimated 11 million children living on the streets with no access to the most basic of living conditions, whilst in Rwanda 93% of street girls surveyed are reported rape victims.

This is not an issue that...

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11/03/2011

Geneva - At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action for prevention and response to violence, including legislative reform to prohibit it in all its forms.

Organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence...

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01/03/2011

New York - “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community,” so goes the oft-quoted African proverb.It is backed by empirical evidence. During a panel discussion on 1 March at the United Nations in New York on tackling violence to secure quality education for women and girls, participants heard that research in some countries shows that an educated girl reinvests 90...

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28/02/2011

New York - The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio joined forces with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, at a UN panel discussion in New York.

Both high officials are avid...

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09/02/2011

New York - Extreme poverty and violence against children were centre stage in a panel discussion held during the 49th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development and the UNICEF Executive Board meeting.

The event was co-organized by UNICEF, the SRSG on Violence against Children, ATD Fourth World, with the support of the Government of Bangladesh and counted on the participation of a youth representative of the...

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21/12/2010

Amman – Participants at an Arab conference on children’s rights today adopted a declaration calling for further action to protect children and promote their rights.

The Marrakesh Declaration came at the end of the Fourth High-Level Arab Conference on Children’s Rights, a three-day event organized by the League of Arab States with the...