C3: Convention on the Rights of the Child

10/14/2011 // Senior Advisor Margot Skarpeteig from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation presented the following two interventions during the interactive dialogue on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She focused on the report by the Special Representatives on Violence against Children and report by Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.

Report by Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Statement by Norway, 12 October 2011

Mr. Chair, we would like to thank the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography for an excellent report. The report is an essential tool in our struggle to combat some of the most evil acts in the world.

First of all, we appreciate that it accomplishes what many before have tried to do, namely combining child protection systems with a human rights approach.

Secondly, we appreciate the recommendation to use the full spectrum of international and regional instruments that support our struggle to make the world a safer place for children. It would be interesting to hear how the Special Rapporteur has linked with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna in their work to establish a review mechanism for the UN Convention on Transnational Organized Crime?

Thirdly, we would like to ask the Special Rapporteur what can be done to make sure that sex offenders and end users don’t just move on to the next victim after one child has been rescued?

Mr. Chair, the Special Rapporteur plays a leading role in combating some of the most severe forms of human rights violations. Norway fully supports this work.

Thank you.


Report by Special Representative on Violence against Children

Statement by Norway, 12 October 2011

Mr. Chair, let me first thank the Special Representative on Violence against Children for a very useful report. The report offers an excellent overview over the important work done by the Special Representative and her partners to combat any form of violence against children worldwide.

We appreciate the focus on children with disabilities and on violence in schools, identified as core issues at the Oslo consultation referred to in the report.

The Government of Norway fully supports the work of the Special Representative on law reform and of the consolidation of a comprehensive strategy on violence against children. We would like to ask what the main obstacles are to ending impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence against children?

Like the EU, we would also like to learn more about how the Representative collaborates and cooperates with other UN mandate holders?

Mr. Chair, the struggle against violence against children must be a priority on the international agenda. The Special Representative plays a leading role here. Norway is committed to continue to support this important work.

Thank you.


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