10 March 2015, Side event, Palais des Nations, Geneva in the context of the Human Rights Council
Theme: Investing in Prevention to End Violence Against Children: An imperative for Post-2015 Sustainable Development
10 March 2015 - As part of the Working Group on Children and Violence (under the auspices of Child Rights Connect), the panel explored prevention as a core requirement for the elimination of violence against children and as a social and economic benefit for societies in light of the Post-2015 Agenda.
- Mr. Daniel da Cruz, Human Rights Adviser and Deputy Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, emphasized the moral imperative to protect children from violence, and described concrete steps Luxembourg is taking, such as prioritizing the eradication of poverty and working to prevent the use of children in armed conflict.
- Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative to the SG on Violence Against Children, spoke about the linkages between human rights and development, and the enormous socio-economic costs of violence against children. She recommended that governments prioritize investment in prevention and identify indicators to monitor progress in the Sustainable Development Goals to be launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
- H.E. Mr. Boudjemâa Delmi, Ambassador and Permanent Rep. of Algeria to the UN in Geneva, reported that Algeria has adopted a multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach when developing new legislation related to violence against children, underlining efforts to improve identification of children at risk.
- Dr. Christopher Mikton, Violence Prevention Coordinator at WHO, provided an overview of the "2014 Global Study on Violence Prevention" findings on child maltreatment, highlighting concrete evidence on the cost-effectiveness of prevention, and the need to scale up evidence-based prevention measures, data collection, and monitoring results.
- Ms. Shannon Meehan, Coordinator, WWSF 19 Days Campaign, shared about the power of civil society initiatives in prevention of violence against children and youth, and the need to value, expand, and fund that space. She then highlighted specific examples from 19 Days coalition member organizations.
Inputs from 19 Days Coalition Member Organizations