Family photo of the 6th Cross-Regional Round Table on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence Against Children, 30-31 May, Stockholm Sweden.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) regularly organises a cross-regional roundtable to promote accelerated progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children around the world. Previous meetings have taken place in New York (US) in 2011, 2012, and 2013, Kingston (Jamaica) in 2014 and in Strasbourg (France) in 2015.
On 30-31 May 2016 the Council of the Baltic Sea States proudly hosted and actively took part in the 6th Cross-Regional Round Table on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence Against Children.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the UN Study on Violence against Children and the first year of implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals, the meeting explored the role of regions in Ending violence against children: The vision and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also addressed ways of obtaining further commitment and promoting concrete and effective action.
The meeting gathered support for the High Time Initiative to End Violence against Children, which aims to galvanize political will and mobilize wide social support for children’s protection from violence. The Initiative was launched by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children with a wide range of partners, including the CBSS Expert Group for Children at Risk which pledges to continue its efforts to eradicate all forms of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation of children in the 11 member states of the Council of the Baltic Sea States.
The meeting identified strategic recommendations for enhanced regional and cross regional cooperation in the shared ambition of achieving target 16.2 which calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against children.
Key presentations from the meeting:
The Countdown to a world free from violence against children
Marta Santos Pais
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Agenda 2030 Follow-up and Review
Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children
Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism
Research and data about violence in childhood
Ramya Subrahmanian and Shiva Kumar
Know Violence in Childhood