Family photo of the the 5th Cross-Regional Roundtable to promote accelerated progress in the prevention and elimination of violence against children around the world inStrasbourg, 18-19 June 2015.

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 20112012, and 2013, Kingston (Jamaica) in 2014 and in Strasbourg (France) in 2015.

This important annual meeting allows regional inter-governmental organizations and other regional institutions from across the globe to support progress in fighting violence against children and serves as an ideal platform for sharing legal and other implementation initiatives. The regional organizations and institutions assess progress achieved, reflect on trends and common concerns, share planned initiatives and identify opportunities for cross-regional cooperation.

The Children’s Unit at  the Council of the Baltic Sea States took active part in the 2015 session, which focused on the prevention and elimination of sexual violence against children. The representatives of the regional organizations and institutions reaffirmed their commitment to promote the ratification and implementation of relevant international and regional standards and to reinforce their cooperation to strengthen children’s protection from sexual violence and to fight impunity for this serious child rights violation.

The Council of the Baltic Sea States is proud to announce that it will host the 2016 cross-regional roundtable in Stockholm. The topic for the 2016 meeting will be the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, legal reform to ban all forms of violence against children and the use of indicators to measure progress to secure children’s protection from harmful practices, violence and exploitation. They will also discuss, as usual, progress in the ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international and regional child rights legal instruments.

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