SRSG News

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10/10/2014

“I wish to congratulate two remarkable champions of children’s rights, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, on the award of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

This award pays tribute to their decisive contribution to the cause of children’s rights, in particular to the elimination of discrimination and violence against children. It is also a recognition of the importance of this cause for the...

A call to action: governments to ratify child rights treaty by November 20
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26/09/2014

New York (September 26, 2014) — The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs more clout to deliver on its promises. As world leaders gather in New York this week, child rights experts and advocates are calling on all governments to strengthen the Convention by ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure – or OP3 for short. This...

 UN concerned over increase of violence against children
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09/06/2014

San José, Costa Rica, June 6, 2014– Reducing risks associated with the use of technology and promoting its beneficial potential is the theme of the International Consultation organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations organized in Costa Rica with the support of UNICEF, in cooperation with the Costa Rican government and ...

"Latin America Advances on Efforts to Reduce Violence against Children"
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Americas
08/05/2014

·  South America, as a sub region, has advanced the most in the creation of public policies for the protection of children from violence. Some countries in Central America have introduced good legislative reforms. Despite these positive results, both sub regions still lack sound data reporting systems on violence against children.

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Press releases
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14/04/2014

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights.

The treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, has today (14 April) entered into...

SRSG welcomes the new report issued by the IAHRC
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Americas
Home and family
19/02/2014

Washington, D.C.—Since it was created, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has taken different steps to ensure that the rights of children and adolescents in the Americas are promoted and protected. In this context, the IACHR is presenting its report on “The right of boys and girls to a family. Alternative care...

Press releases
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20/11/2013

GENEVA/NEW YORK – Governments should make child protection from violence a priority in the post-2015 development agenda and back their commitments with proper funding, five top United Nations child rights experts* said today.

“Every day, millions of children are affected by conflict, suffer from violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation at home, in schools, in...

Universal Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
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19/09/2013

The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, and the Special Representative on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called today for the universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three Optional Protocols.

“Millions of children around the globe suffer daily from violence, exploitation and abuse. Ignored by statistics and...

Press releases
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02/09/2013

About 150 children and young people from 13 countries in West and Central Africa are in Accra this week to meet Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence against Children (VAC).  They will discuss the issue of harmful practices that violate the rights of children and young people in the region.

The child and youth delegates...

International cooperation key to combating child pornography – First Report on C
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Europe
06/06/2012

New York, 6 June 2012 - The Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children presented her first report on Child Pornography, at UNICEF House, in an event with the participation of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais and the Deputy Director of UNICEF Programme Division, Christian Salazar.

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