Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect – Global Partnership to End Violence against Children – Office of the Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence against Children – Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Permanent Missions of Switzerland, Uruguay, Sweden, Mexico and Portugal
During the 33rd Regular Session of the United Na ons Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a side event was held to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the World Report on Violence Against Children (2006), organized by the Working Group on Children and Violence of Child Rights Connect; the Global Part- nership to End Violence Against Children; the Office of the Special Representa ve to the Secretary General on Violence against Children; and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Key panel speakers par cipa ng in the event, included: Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representa- ve of the United Na ons Secretary-General on Violence against Children; Dr. Krug, Director of Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Preven on, WHO and Co-Chair of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children; and Professor Paulo Pinheiro, Independent Expert for the UN Study on Violence Against Children (2006), who delivered a video message. The event was moderated by Ms. Maria Lucia Uribe, Director of Arigatou Interna onal Geneva. The main objec ve of the event was to discuss the progress, including the successes and remaining challenges, of these last 10 years, since the adop on of the World Report on Violence Against Children.
Violence against children cuts across boundaries of geography, race, class, religion and culture. It occurs in homes, schools and streets; in places of work and entertainment; and in care and deten- on centres. Perpetrators include parents, family members, teachers, caretakers, law enforcement authori es and other children. Factors such as gender, race, ethnic origin, disability or social status make some children even more vulnerable to violence. The World Report on Violence against Children was the outcome of the first comprehensive global a empt to describe the scale of all forms of violence against children and its impact. The impact of violence against children is, more- over, documented in the United Na ons Study that is the subject of the World Report on Violence against Children. The Study outlines what must be done to confront this challenge, specifically focus- ing on the role of States.
The event had three main objectives. First of all, its objective was to contribute to raising awareness of the urgency to prevent and address violence against children. Secondly, to discuss the link between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and, in particular, violence against children related goals and targets. Finally, its third objective was to share strategies to prevent, address and eliminate violence against children and strengthen accountability mechanisms.