SRSG Viewpoints

Global Agenda 2030 - Building a world that is safer for children

On Friday 25 September, the new global sustainable development agenda was unanimously adopted by the Member States of the United Nations. The new agenda includes for the first time a specific target (16.2) to end all forms of violence against children, and ending the abuse, neglect and...

Viewpoint: The Economic Costs of Violence against Children

The prevention and elimination of violence against children is an ethical imperative founded on the human dignity of children and their rights to protection from maltreatment enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols, as well as a range of other human rights instruments. The almost universal ratification of the CRC is a potent symbol of the global consensus around the principle that no violence is ever...

Why ending violence against children is essential to sustainable development

The world stands at a pivotal moment towards ending violence against children and realizing the noble vision of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In September 2015, the Member States of the United Nations will gather to agree on the new sustainable development agenda. In the short period from now until the end of September, the world has a golden opportunity to ensure that ending this most severe violation of children’s...


In 2014, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the protection of children from violence has gained increasing global priority. There has been an incremental development of legislative and policy reform, and enhancements in child protection systems. However, even as we celebrate these notable achievements, we must also recognize that progress has been too slow, too uneven and...

Care and justice systems

Still today, millions of girls continue to suffer the detrimental impact of physical, mental and sexual violence in the home, at school, in the community, in institutional care and in justice institutions. Evidence from some countries show that amongst the girls involved in prostitution and drug abuse, 80-90 percent have been exposed to sexual abuse and/or other forms of violence in their homes.


The protection of boys and girls from all forms of violence is a concern the international community cannot afford to omit from the post-2015 development agenda.

In fact, freedom from violence is indispensable to a sustainable future in which children will be able to grow up healthy, well-nourished, resilient, well-educated, culturally sensitive and protected from abuse and neglect. A future in which equity and social progress will be...

Marta Santos Pais: Viewpoint Promoting the rights of children with disabilities

With the effective implementation the world over of the Conventions on the Rights of the Child and of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, there can be a paradigm shift in the way the human rights of children with disabilities are promoted, protected and fulfilled. This shift is urgently needed!

Indeed, the life of children with disabilities is surrounded by stigma,...


The world comes together on June 12 to rally efforts in the fight against child labour, and to bring to an end the plight of the more than 215 million children worldwide who are victims of this serious violation of their 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 no place. The United Nations Study on...

Work |Community

We live in a globalizing world, in constant change. The search for better economic opportunities and for a better lifestyle, on the one hand; and political instability and armed conflicts, violence and discrimination, climate change and natural disasters, on the other, are some of the reasons behind international and internal migration flows – from South to North, and more significantly, across and within countries in the South.


Care and justice systems

Artículo de opinión de la Dra. Marta Santos Pais, Representante Especial del Secretario General de Naciones Unidas sobre la violencia en contra de la Niñez, publicado en el diario paraguayo Última Hora el 28 de abril de 2011.

En América Latina y el Caribe viven 108 millones de adolescentes entre 10 y 19 años, el 19% de la población total de la región; muchos de ellos carecen de acceso a una educación de buena calidad; a la...