Stress the Need for a SR on Violence Against Children

10/22/2008 // In Norways statement on the Rights of Children Ambassador Mona Juul expressed disappointment that the Secretary-General not yet has appointed a Special Representative on Violence against Children

A year ago a General Assembly resolution established the post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children.

"We are actually quite disappointed that this has not yet happened", Ambassador Mona Juul said in Norways Statement in a Third Committee meeting Thursday.  

The resolution (A/RES/62/141) encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to cooperate with, and support the Special Representative.

"The UN Study on Violence against Children brought together the UN, governments and civil society in a new partnership, where children were active partners. There was broad consensus on the recommendations made by the independent expert appointed by the Secretary-General. These recommendations affect all countries and all continents. The Study is making a difference. But its global impact needs to be strengthened as a matter of urgency, by the appointment of a Special Representative of the Secretary-General to act as a high level and independent global advocate in accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 62/141", said Juul.

Death Penalty for Children

Norway also expressed concern regarding the continued use of the death penalty for crimes committed before the age of 18, calling this a clear breach of the Convention.

"One of the overarching recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children is to abolish the use of the death penalty and life imprisonment for children. The Secretary-General should report to the next General Assembly on all member states’ compliance with this. The omnibus resolution on the rights of the child should call for an end to this, and for urgent juvenile justice reforms to ensure essential safeguards for children in conflict with the law."

Juul also highlighted the aim of political leaders to accelerate poverty eradication and achiev the Millennium Development Goals: "Both directly and indirectly, these goals affect the wellbeing of children and their chances of leading a life in which their rights to dignity and development are respected. These rights are also core pillars of the Convention on the Rights of the Child."

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