When the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 it committed to strive for a world guided by human rights, a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and free from...
Secretary-General’s report on bullying provides strong foundation for accelerated action to end the torment for children
New York, 12 October 2016 - Speaking today at the presentation of the recently published Secretary-General’s report on the protection of children from bullying to the General Assembly, SRSG Santos Pais outlines both the progress that has been made at a global level in tackling this form of violence against children and the substantial challenges that remain.
SRSG marks the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child. Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement
“As we commemorate the 2016 International Day of the Girl Child in the era of the data revolution it is critical that reliable and disaggregated data is captured and used to inform policy decisions and support social change. The failure to capture gender dimensions of violence in data and research can compromise the impact of our efforts to address violence in its various forms and manifestations”, said SRSG Santos Pais.
SRSG marks with partners the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children on the occasion of the Human Rights Council
The Special Representative joined the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect, a wide group of civil society organizations, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children in a panel discussion to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children on the margins of the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council on 27 September in Geneva. The event was co-sponsored by the Governments of Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden and Uruguay.
The panel discussion examined achievements made since the presentation of the UN Study on Violence against Children in 2006 and identified emerging challenges and strategic opportunities for accelerating progress towards the elimination of violence against, including in the context of Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes launch of Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour
A new Global Alliance to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour was launched today at a side event of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York. SDG Alliance 8.7 builds on the momentum created by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and brings together all key stakeholders to focus efforts on the eradication of forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of all forms of child labour. Alliance 8.7 will increase global awareness on these issues, strengthen coordination of existing measures, promote effective monitoring and knowledge sharing and help generate resources for interventions.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes ratification by Ukraine and accession by Georgia to the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure
SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes today's ratification by Georgia of this important child rights treaty. With this significant step, 29 countries have now ratified the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure and 50 have signed it.
The Protocol allows children to bring complaints to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on violations of their rights.
To support the process of ratification and to ensure that the protocol is understandable for children, the Office of the SRSG has developed an advocacy tool that is available here.
"The Optional Protocol remains a high priority for my mandate and I call on all Governments to consider its urgent ratification." stated SRSG Santos Pais.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the release of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying
The report is framed by General Assembly resolution 69/158 which recognised bullying and cyberbullying as a manifestation of violence against children of global concern, and requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on protecting children from bullying, emphasising its causes and effects, good practices and guidance to prevent and respond to it.
Bullying and cyberbullying compromise children’s development, health and education, generating depression, loneliness, anxiety and low self-esteem, humiliation, frustration and anger. Bullying is consistently identified by children as being among their top concerns and it is one of the main reasons why they call a helpline.
New York, 7 September 2016 - SRSG Santos Pais welcomes today’s launch of the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which provide guidance for the safe and effective reintegration of children into their families and communities, guided by international human rights standards and the best interests of the child.
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes landmark decision by Paraguay to prohibit by law corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children
New York, 2 September 2016 - SRSG Santos Pais warmly welcomes the promulgation of a new law in Paraguay prohibiting corporal punishment and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children.
“I congratulate Paraguay for this landmark decision, which is of crucial importance for the protection of Paraguayan children from violence. The adoption of this law underlines Paraguay’s strong commitment to implement its international legal obligations on the rights of the child and in the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children”, SRSG Santos Pais said.
Renewed commitment needed to ensure a safe, non-violent, inclusive and relevant learning environment for indigenous children
NEW YORK, 9 August 2016 - On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, SRSG Santos Pais welcomes this year’s focus on the right to education.
“Despite important improvements in the promotion and protection of indigenous children’s rights, the gap between international human rights instruments and their implementation remains wide and challenging. Of particular relevance to this year’s theme of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples are the severe inequalities indigenous children face in accessing and enjoying education, and in enjoying their culture and language”, the SRSG said.
Drawing on a study published by her office on tackling violence against children in schools, SRSG Santos Pais recalled the particular obstacles that can confront indigenous children in the realisation of their right to an inclusive and violence-free quality education: