SRSG outlines four priority goals to End Violence against Children in opening remarks at the Pacific Islands End Violence Against Children Conference - Fiji
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais opened the Pacific Islands End Violence Against Children Conference in Nadi, Fiji outlining an agenda to reverse a global, widespread, hidden and in many cases socially condoned violence against children pattern.
"Violence against children is not inevitable. Indeed, all violence against children can be effectively prevented!" said the SRSG.
"Protecting children from violence is a human rights imperative, a question of good governance and it makes good economic sense! Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols at national level through strong political will, wide mobilization and steady action, can bring violence against children to an end. Towards realizing this vision, in my work as Special Representative, I am particularly committed to supporting countries to achieve four priority goals, as highlighted in the UN Global Study: the universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the CRC, and adherence to other treaties which aim to protect children from violence; the development in each country of a sound national agenda to prevent and respond to all forms of violence; the enactment of legislation to prohibit all manifestations of violence against children; and the consolidation of data and research to inform progress in this area.
These are areas where much progress is being made in the Pacific, but also where many gaps remain; for example among Pacific Island countries, only two have ratified the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography." added Ms. Santos Pais.