SRSG Mission

SRSG Mission: Panel Discussions, Round Tables, Conferences, Summits...

SRSG participates as a keynote speaker at the Global Child Forum - Stockholm, Sweden

SRSG participates as a keynote speaker at the Global Child Forum - Stockholm

Global Child Forum is an independent, global multi-stakeholder platform for informed dialogue and thought leadership on how to advance children’s rights in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Global Child Forum aims at gathering leaders from business, governments, academia and civil society in a joint effort to implement children’s rights. This multi-stakeholder approach should be supported by effective information sharing, exposing leading case studies and learning from best practice from all parts of the world.

GROWING with children’s rights - A Conference on the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015 - Dubrovnik, Croatia

27/03/2014 - 28/03/2014
Aim and objectives:
The Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015), “the Monaco Strategy” attaches great importance to the efficiency, effectiveness, im-pact, sustainability and relevance of the actions carried out to meet its objectives in the following strategic areas:
1. promoting child-friendly services and systems;
2. eliminating all forms of violence against children;
3. guaranteeing the rights of children in vulnerable situations;
4. promoting child participation.
This conference marks the mid-way stage of the Strategy and the aim is to assess progress achieved in the first two years of its implementation. Three main objec-tives will be pursued during the conference.

25th regular session of the Human Rights Council

03/03/2014 - 28/03/2014

Events with the participation of SRSG Marta Santos Pais:

11 March - Side event on Violence against Children with Albinism - 1.15-3.30 pm

11 March - Side event on Access to Justice and Restorative Justice for Children and launch of SRSG Thematic Report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children Launch of SRSG Report on Promoting Restorative Justice for Children -6.00 – 7.30 pm, Conference Room XXI Palais des Nations, Geneva

13 March - Annual Full-day Meeting on the Rights of the Child Access to Justice for Children


SRSG Annual Report to the Human Rights Council:

III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia 8-10 October 2013

III Global Conference on Child Labour - Brasilia 8-10 October 2013
08/10/2013 - 10/10/2013

The objective of the III Conference, that takes place from October 8 to 10, in Brasilia, is to evaluate the actions taken on the fight against child labour, to deepen the exchange of experiences among countries and regions and to reach, through government and social partners’ commitment, the acceleration of the eradication of the worst forms of child labour. The starting point to evaluate progress are the measures stated in the “Roadmap”.

Global Conference on Child Labour


08/09/2013 - 10/09/2013

The Conference will take place in Brasilia, from October 8th to 10th, 2013. The Brazilian Government has sent official invitations to the ministries of External Relations of 193 member states of the United Nations, stating that the composition of the four-member delegations should to respect the quadripartite nature of the conference: one government representative, one worker’s representative, one employer’s representative, and one civil society representative. The composition of the delegations also should take into account gender, race and ethnicity equality issues.

Side Event Human Rights Council (Geneva) -22nd session - Protecting Children From Harmful Practices With a Special Focus on Child Marriage and the Interrelatedness to Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Marta Santos Pais Harmful Practices

13.00-15.00 Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room XXVII

Organized by:

The Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, The International NGO Council on Violence against Children, Plan International, Centre for Reproductive Rights and Sexual Right’s Initiative, CEDAW Committee member.

Overall goals of the side event:

A. Launch of two reports:

1. Protecting children from harmful practices in plural legal systems with a special emphasis on Africa, 2012,  SRSG on Violence Against Children and Plan.

2. Violating children’s rights: harmful practices based on tradition, culture, religion or superstition, a report from the International NGO Council on Violence against Children - 2012.

European conference: “Stepping up progress in combating violence against children” - Ankara, Turkey

27/11/2012 - 28/11/2012

The conference will pursue the overall aim of exchanging European experiences in implementing integrated national strategies and addressing gaps in accountability and responsiveness to safeguard children’s rights and eliminate violence against children.

More specifically, the conference will pursue the following objectives :

Round table: Children with Disabilities - Fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Marta Santos Pais Children with Disabilities

LIVE WEBCAST - Round Table 2: Children with Disabilities (13 September, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York



Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, Deputy Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Government of South Africa
Marta Santos Pais, Special Represenative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Nick Alipui, Director, UNICEF
Jenny Nilsson, World Federation of the Deaf, President, Youth Section
Ximena Rivas, Director of the National Service for Disabilities and Vice-President of CEDDIS


Expert Consultation - Knowledge for Change: Data and research to inform policy making and strengthen children’s protection from violence - Stockholm, Sweden

19/06/2012 - 21/06/2012

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children  joined the Government of Sweden in organizing an expert consultation on strengthening data and research to protect children from violence.

The consultation provided a strategic platform to learn from and build upon initiatives promoted by a wide range of partners, including governments, UN agencies, international organizations, academia, independent children’s rights institutions and civil society organizations.

The expert meeting was hosted by Sweden, which introduced a legal ban on all forms of violent and emotionally abusive treatment of children more than 30 years ago and has regularly surveyed the impact of this measure on upbringing practices and public perceptions.

Specifically, the meeting: