Commitment to free children from corporal punishment grows!


Governments from over 70 countries, many represented at ministerial level, met last week in Vienna to reflect on strategies to prevent and eliminate the corporal punishment of children.

UN NEWS CENTRE Feature: With more than half of all children in danger, UN envoy discusses safety


Ahead of the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, marked annually on 4 June, the UN News Centre sat down with Mrs. Santos Pais. The interview touched on the state of the world's children and her work with UN entities, governments, regional organizations and civil society partners to effect positive change.

UN News Centre: Ten years ago, the UN released a global study on violence against children that said the problem was widespread and often underreported. Is the world a safer place for children today?

Gathered in the Sixth High-Level Round Table regional organizations commit to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 targets to end violence against children


Stockholm, 10 June 2016 - On the year of the tenth anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children and as the implementation, follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda takes shape, SRSG on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais convened the 6th Cross-Regional Round Table on the prevention and elimination of violence against children of regional organizations and institutions in Stockholm on 30-31 May to discuss the regions’ role in supporting efforts to reach the violence-related goals and targets agreed upon in Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.

SRSG Santos Pais commends leadership of Uruguay in the protection of children from violence


Special Representative (SRSG) Marta Santos Pais conducted an official visit to Uruguay from 22nd to 25th of May on the occasion of the the Presidency Pro tempore of Uruguay.

The mission included the participation in the the Permanent Commission of Niñ@ Sur,the  International Seminar “Niñ@ Sur, " it is High Time” and a Regional Consultation co-organized with the Government of Uruguay and the Latin America and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMI LAC) with children and adolescents on  bullying and cyber bullying.

The visit also included a dialogue with governmental officials, representatives of the Independent Human Rights Institution, civil society representatives, as well as, children and young people, including children deprived of their liberty.

UN experts urge final push for universal ratification of Optional Protocols to Convention on the Rights of the Child


Joint statement by the Special Representative of 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

New York/Geneva (25 May 2015) –Universal ratification 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) is closer than ever, UN experts have said.

SRSG Santos Pais organizes International Seminar in Argentina on children deprived of liberty


On 19 and 20 May the International Seminar "Monitoring and supervision of centres of deprivation of liberty for children" was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This activity was co-organized by UNICEF Argentina and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG VAC) as a contribution to the preparation of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty requested by the UN Secretary General.

Marta Santos Pais welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism


Washington D.C. (12 May 2016)– The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.


The Global Study is the culmination of two years of research led by ECPAT International in collaboration with leading child rights experts, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and private sector partners. Itreveals that both the scale and the nature of the sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism have worsened dramatically, with greater risks than ever before for children to become victims of this serious child rights violation.


SRSG Santos Pais gathers experts from around the world on children’s protection from bullying and cyberbullying


SRSG Santos Pais convened a consultation with experts from around the world on the prevention and elimination of bullying and cyberbullying in preparation of the Report of the Secretary-General on Protecting Children from Bullying, called for by General Assembly resolution 69/158. Hosted with UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, the consultation took place in Florence on 9-10 May.

Guided by the SRSG priorities to consolidate knowledge and accelerate progress in children’s freedom from violence, the meeting provided a strategic opportunity to review laws, policies and initiatives on children’s protection from bullying and cyberbullying, as well as available data and evidence on this important phenomenon.

SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the creation of a high level position in Sweden to protect children from trafficking

SRSG Santos Pais today commended the Government of Sweden for the appointment for the first time of an ambassador to combat trafficking in human beings.
“Child trafficking is a serious form of violence that compromises children's rights and needs to be vigorously addressed at national and international levels. I congratulate the Government of Sweden for the creation of this new position designed to prevent, early detect and respond to situations of trafficking, protect the rights of victims and fight impunity.

SRSG calls for creation of European-wide circle of non-violence to secure children's protection, leaving no one behind


Participating in the launch of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), SRSG Santos Pais recalled the significance of the Strategy to accelerate progress in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and in creating a European wide circle of non-violence to secure children’s protection from neglect, abuse and exploitation.