SRSG Mission

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

The Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) Fourth Forum - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Marta Santos Pais Global Network of Religions for Children Fourth Forum-Tanzania
16/06/2012 - 18/06/2012

Two hundred and fifty (250) participants, including representatives from different religious constituencies – Buddhists, Bahais, Christians, Hindus, Indigenous Traditions, Jews, Muslims, Shintoists and others – gathered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on June 16-18, 2012, together with representatives from the United Nations, including the SRSG on Violence against Children, the African Union, civil society organizations, government officials and children from around the world.

The Fourth Forum was hosted by GNRC Africa, one of the major regional networks of the Global Network of Religions for Children.

Presentation of the First Report on Child Pornography by the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in the Netherlands


Protection of children from sexual violence cannot solely be provided by a reactive approach. Protection also means: preventing offences, identifying and registering offenders and victims, providing assistance to victims and after-care for offenders. This requires cooperation and partnership between government institutions, non-governmental organisations and private parties.

International Expert Consultation to Address Harmful Practices Against Children - Adis-Ababa, Ethiopia

13/06/2012 - 15/06/2012

The Consultation was co-organized by Plan International, the Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and focused on the sharing of good legislative examples, taking into account possible risks and backlashes in countries where law reform combined with effective enforcement, awareness-raising and social mobilization has given positive results in addressing deeply rooted social conventions and promoting the abandonment of harmful practices against children.

Particular attention should be given to less known or emerging harmful practices. Amongst significant legislative developments, attention was specifically given to:

South Asia Regional Consultation for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children co-organized by the SRSG on VAC - Sri-Lanka

Marta Santos Pais co-organizes meeting in Sri-Lanka on Violence against Children
26/05/2012 - 30/05/2012

This Consultation brought together relevant stakeholders in South Asia to review progress made in implementing the UNVAC Study recommendations, in order to strengthen measures and processes aiming at their effective realization. The meeting, held in Sri-Lanka, was organized by the South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) in collaboration with the  the South Asia Coordinating Group on Action against Violence (SACG) and in cooperation with the SRSG on Violence against Children.

Caribbean Sub-Regional Consultation on Violence against Children - Kingston, Jamaica

Marta Santos Pais participates on Caribbean Sub-Regional Consultation on VaC
14/05/2012 - 15/05/2012

On May 14-15 2012, the SRSG, Marta Santos Pais, participated in the Caribbean Sub-Regional Consultation on Violence against Children which took place in Kingston, Jamaica. The meeting was hosted by the Government of Jamaica and co-organized by the SRSG and the Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the Global Movement for Children (GMC-CLAC).

The Caribbean Consultation built upon the 2011 South American Sub-Regional meeting held in Asunción, Paraguay and the Central American Meeting held in the Dominican Republic. Both meetings were co-organized by the SRSG and the GMC-CLAC and led to important political regional commitments to strengthen children’s protection from all forms of violence (Roadmap to contribute to the realization of the right of all boys, girls and adolescents to protection against all forms of violence in South America and Santo Domingo Declaration).

21st Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice - Vienna, Austria

Marta Santos Pais participates Commission Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
23/04/2012 - 27/04/2012

The SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, addressed the Commission at its plenary session on Friday 27 April 2012, during the thematic discussion under agenda item 8 on the "Use and application of the United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice".

The thematic discussion of the 21st Session was devoted to "Violence against migrants, migrant workers and their families". The session took place in Vienna, Austria from 23-27 April 2012.

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Conference on Child Protection Systems Strenghtening in Sub-Saharan Africa - Dakar, Senegal

Conference on Child Protection Systems Strenghtening in Sub-Saharan Africa
07/05/2012 - 09/05/2012

The SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, participated as a keynote speaker in the first Conference on Child Protection Systems Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa,held in Dakar, Senegal, on 7-9 May 2012.

The Conference was organized by the African Child Policy Forum, Terre des Hommes, Plan International, REPSSI, RIATT, Save the Children International, World Vision International and UNICEF, with support from Oak Foundation and other partners.

Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in Sub-Saharan Africa to shift child protection programming away from traditional, issue-based projects towards a more ambitious systems building approach. Dozens of countries have engaged in child protection systems mapping exercises, broad-based policy reviews and human resource gap analyses.

Expert Consultation on Prevention of and Responses to Violence against Children within the Juvenile Justice System - Vienna, Austria

23/01/2012 - 24/01/2012

The expert consultation was co-organized by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Building a child-friendly Europe: turning a vision into reality - Conference on the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015 - Monaco

Building a child-friendly Europe: turning a vision into reality - CoE Conference
20/11/2011 - 21/11/2011

In April 2006, all Council of Europe partners gathered in Monaco at a high-level conference to discuss children’s rights. The over 300 participants called for a genuine political commitment, the establishment of a platform to co-ordinate action and the launch of a process to guarantee that real progress was made and children’s rights remained on the political agenda in the years to come. The first result of the “Monaco process” was the launching of the Council of Europe programme, “Building a Europe for and with children”.