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24 Nov 2017 description

Geneva/New York, 20 November – On Universal Children’s Day, UN child rights experts call on all Governments to safeguard the rights of children on the move.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty and is further strengthened by its three Optional Protocols on the involvement of children in armed conflict; the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; and on a communications procedure.

24 May 2017 description

ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.

25 May 2016 description

25 May 2016

Joint statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and the Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

23 May 2015 description

Joint statement on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and on the involvement of children in armed conflict

New York/Geneva, 22 May 2015 – On Monday, 25th May, the world celebrates the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

22 Oct 2012 description

Millions of children continue to suffer from various forms of harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriage, female infanticide, bonded labour and accusations of witchcraft.

The UN Study on Violence against Children urged states to prohibit by law all forms of violence against children, including harmful practices.

10 Oct 2012 description

Joint Statement* by a group of UN human rights experts to mark the first International Day of the Girl Child, Thursday 11 October 2012

GENEVA (11 October 2012) – “Girls who are forced to marry are committed to being in slavery like marriages for the rest of their lives. Girls who are victims of servile marriages experience domestic servitude, sexual slavery and suffer from violations to their right to health, education, non-discrimination and freedom from physical, psychological and sexual violence.

06 Jul 2012 description

La Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général pour les enfants et les conflits armés, Mme Radhika Coomaraswamy, a présenté devant la presse, cet après-midi, les plans d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats signés au Myanmar, la semaine dernière, et il y a 15 jours en Somalie.

Mme Coomaraswamy, qui effectuait sa dernière conférence de presse à ce poste, au Siège des Nations Unies, à New York, s’est réjouie d’avoir été le témoin de la signature du Plan d’action pour la libération et la réinsertion des enfants soldats pour le Myanmar.

22 Dec 2011 description

Joint statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, Najat Maalla M’jid and the Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Jean Zermatten

12 Oct 2011 description

New York, 12 October 2011 – A joint statement from regional organizations working on protection of children from violence was adopted, on Tuesday 11 October, at a roundtable discussion at the United Nations Headquarters.

10 Oct 2011 description

Issues:

  1. SRSG presents Annual Report to the General Assembly on October 12.

  2. SRSG conducts Global Progress Survey on Violence against Children.

  3. SRSG promotes the establishment of childsensitive counseling, reporting and complaint mechanisms for incidents of violence.

  4. SRSG promotes expert consultation in Oslo on tackling violence in schools establishes priorities for a safer future for children.

  5. SRSG promotes expert consultation in Geneva to ban all forms of violence against children.

03 Jun 2011 description

New York, 3 June 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, expresses her deep concern at the continued acts of violence perpetrated against children in the context of the on-going unrest in Syria.