Since 2009, the SRSG mandate has promoted a strategic collaboration with key actors in the Americas such the Organization of American States (OAS), MERCOSUR, SICA and CARICOM, the Latin American and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMI LAC), civil society actors and children and young people to accelerate progress on the implementation of the UN Study recommendations in the region.

As a result, the protection of children from violence is placed at the center of the agenda of the Organization of American States, which is clearly illustrated by the adoption of the OAS General Assembly Resolution “Violence and exploitation of children” AG/DEC.76 (XLIV-0/14) and the unified Resolution adopted by the XXI Pan American Congresses held in Brasilia from 10 to 12 December, 2014. Collaboration with the OAS has been pursued with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with the Inter-American Children’s Institute and within the framework of the Pan American Congresses on Children and Adolescents. 

The unified Resolution adopted by the XXI Pan-American Congress sets the child rights agenda for the next five years. It reaffirmed the OAS Declaration on Violence and Exploitation of Children, adopted during its 44th ordinary session held in Paraguay, which calls for the Post 2015 development agenda to address the issue of violence and exploitation perpetrated against children. The unified Resolution also placed a special emphasis on children’s protection from violence in the juvenile justice system, the prevention and elimination of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and the crucial importance of investing in early childhood and preventing children placement in alternative care. 

The prevention of and elimination of all forms of violence against children remains a top priority on the agenda of the Latin American and Caribbean Movement for Children. In collaboration with the MMI LAC, three regional meetings in South America, Central America and the Caribbean were convened in collaboration with MERCOSUR, SICA and CARICOM between 2011 and 2012; the development of three regional analytical studies which provide an overview of regional and national initiatives of follow up to the UN Study on Violence against Children and child friendly materials developed with the leading participation of children and young people. 

These important achievements open crucial opportunities for the consolidation of collective and participatory processes at the regional and national levels in the Americas to support steady and sustainable progress for the effective implementation of the State primary obligation to safeguard children from all forms of violence.  


Political Declarations

Panama Declaration on Ending Violence against Children - 17 May 2017

Acta XXVIII Reunion de Altas Autoridades en Derechos Humanos del Mercosur - (Spanish) 25-26 de Mayo 2016

Statement of the second meeting of ministers of Education of the Community of States of Latin American and Caribbean -(CELAC) - Spanish (Apr. 2016)1111

Statement of the second meeting of ministers of Education of the Community of States of Latin American and Caribbean (CELAC) - English (Apr. 2016)

Final Resolution XXI Pan American Congress on Children and Adolescents - English (Dec. 2014)

Final Resolution XXI Pan American Congress on Children and Adolescents - Spanish (Dec. 2014)

Declaration on violence against and exploitation of children (May 2014)- Organization of American States

Joint Statement round table of regional organisations and institutions on the protection of children from all forms of violence (2013)

Joint Statement from Latin America and the Caribbean on the Role of Regional Organizations and institutions from on the Protection of Children from Violence (2012)

Join Statement from the high-level round table on the role of regional organisations on the protection of children from violence (2011)

Declaración emitida por La Vigésima Tercera Reunión del Consejo para el Desarrollo Humano y Social (COHSOD XXIII) sobre el abuso sexual de los niños en la región del Caribe

Declaración de Kingston - Reunión de seguimiento de las recomendaciones del Estudio de la ONU sobre la Violencia contra los Niños para los Países del Caribe

Declaración de Santo Domingo - Encuentro de Seguimiento al Estudio de Naciones Unidas sobre Violencia contra los niños

Declaración de Buenos Aires

La Declaración de Bridgetown y el Programa de Acción para Combatir el Abuso Sexual Infantil en el Caribe


Roadmap to protect children against all forms of violence in the Caribbean

Hoja de Ruta Centroamericana sobre Violencia contra los niños (Central American Roadmap on Violence against Children)

Hoja de Ruta para contribuir a la realización del derecho de los niños, las niñas y adolescentes a la protección contra todo tipo de violencia en Sudamérica (South American Roadmap on Violence against Children)


Other articles concerning this region:

Declaration of the Young Persons of the Caribbean

Kingston, Jamaica, 15 May 2012


"We, child and youth representatives from the Caribbean have gathered in Jamaica for the Violence against Children Sub-Regional Conference to proclaim the present Declaration:

Violence can be described as using your position of power or strength to inflict intentional damage to someone. This may...

The Gleaner:Build Safe Communities For Kids, PJ Urges UN Delegates

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson, has implored delegates who will be taking part in the two-day United Nations Cross-Regional meeting to give serious thought as to how to build communities that are more peaceful and safe for children.

"No matter what we do, it cannot insulate our children from the effect of violence when it is rampant in the communities...

21st Pan American Child and Adolescent Congress

Thematic Focus:

Regional Promotion of Children's Participation in the Context of Violence.

The Congress:

Special Representative Marta Santos Pais will participate as key-note speaker in the 21st Pan American Child and Adolescent Congress to be held in Brasilia on...

SRSG supports CALL TO ACTION to end the placement of children under three years

SRSG supports A CALL TO ACTION To end the placement of children under three years of age in institutions

We urge Latin American and the Caribbean States to put an end to the placement of boys and girls under three years of age in residential care institutions. Most countries in the region rely disproportionately on institutionalisation as a child protection strategy despite the fact that this...


La Primera Dama, Nadine Heredia, sostuvo hoy que proteger a la niñez y a la adolescencia de Perú de la violencia es una tarea compartida que involucra no sólo a las familias, sino a escuelas, autoridades locales y regionales, empresas y medios de comunicación.

Durante la inauguración del evento nacional Intercambio de Experiencias en materia de Servicios de Protección de Derechos a Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes, Heredia sostuvo que Perú...


I. Background

The Caribbean Meeting for Follow-up to the Recommendations of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children was held in Kingston, Jamaica on 14 and 15 May 2012 to encourage more widespread dissemination of the UN Study and renewed commitments to follow up on its recommendations at sub-regional and national levels. The meeting was also meant to raise awareness about violence against...

Caribbean News Now: Caribbean leaders call for an end to corporal punishment

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In a groundbreaking new report to be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, this week, prominent Caribbean leaders, including religious leaders, call for an end to corporal punishment of children in their homes and families and all settings of their lives. 

The report charts progress and delay in prohibiting violent punishment of children across the Caribbean. 

It follows up recommendations to prohibit...