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Estonia Helping UN Fight Violence Against Children

27.11.2012

The Foreign Ministry has decided to support the activities of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that unfortunately violence against children can be found all over the world and in different forms, from parental neglect to the recruitment of child soldiers and internet violence. “As one of the priorities of Estonia’s foreign policy is the protection of children’s rights, the Foreign Ministry decided to support the activities of the UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children,” Paet noted. The foreign minister added that the UN Special Representative is an impartial spokesperson speaking out against all kinds of violence against children in the world and it is important to support her work.

The task of the Special Representative on Violence Against Children is to give countries comprehensive advice and monitor the fight against violence against children all over the world. The special representative also works to bring legal acts that protect the rights of children into force, compile relevant strategies, collect statistical data, and raise the awareness of governments, NGOs and other organisations.

Marta Santos Pais has been the Special Representative on Violence Against Children since 2007, when the mandate was created.

The Special Representative gives reports on her activities once a year to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly and also compiles reports on specific topics. The work of the Special Representative is currently being funded by voluntary donations, with administrative support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Foreign Ministry is allocating 30 000 euros to support the activities of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children in 2013

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