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Violence against Children in the Spotlight at Caribbean Meeting

Kingston, 9 May, 2012 – Caribbean leaders will converge at the Jamaica Conference Centre May 14-15, to discuss stepping up efforts to tackle the regional epidemic of violence against children.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, and Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, are among 150 delegates from CARICOM Member-States, civil society groups and adolescents who will participate in the meeting. 

The UNVAC study – the most comprehensive global report on violence against children – was presented to the UN General Assembly in 2006. It includes several recommendations, including: the creation of coordination mechanisms at the national and local levels to support the protection of children against all forms of violence; the development of related comprehensive public policies, strategies and integrated plans;  and legal reforms.

“The sub-regional conference is an opportunity for governments in the Caribbean region to critically examine the challenges and obstacles in meeting the recommendations of the study, to share successful practices and lessons learned and to renew commitment made to end violence against children,” explained Robert Fuderich, UNICEF Jamaica Representative. 

The meeting is organized by the Global Movement for Children in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children, the Government of Jamaica (through the Child Development Agency) and the CARICOM, with support from local partners.

 “We look forward to the meeting as it is an important opportunity for Jamaica to measure our progress in implementing the UNVAC study’s recommendations against regional partners’, and see how we can move forward to bridge any gaps” said Child Development Agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Carla Francis-Edie.  

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UNICEF—Jamaica Office

Allison Hickling, ahickling@unicef.org, Tel: +876926-7584

Child Development Agency

Prudence Barnes, barnesp@cda.gov.jm, Tel: +876-967-1614

 

 

 
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