In order to support and sustain the implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children (UNVAC Study), the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) organised a follow-up Regional Consultation for South Asia, in collaboration with the South Asia Coordinating Group on Action against Violence against Women and Children (SACG) and in cooperation with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG-VaC).
The Consultation was held in Colombo and hosted by the Government of Sri Lanka, on:
a) Regional Children's Consultation: 26-27 May, 2012
Introduction and Background
The UN Study included twelve overarching recommendations to be implemented in order to prevent and respond to violence against children, in addition to a number of specific recommendations to be applied within the specific settings where children are exposed to different forms of violence on a daily basis. In order to support and sustain the implementation of the recommendations of the UNVAC Study, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Representative on Violence against Children (SRSG/VAC) for a period of three years. In 2009, the Secretary-General announced the appointment of Marta Santos Pais (Portugal) as his Special Representative. The SRSG/VAC has focused her priorities on the recommendations 1, 2 and 11 of the UNVAC Study, which include:
South Asian Perspectives – the Road so Far
SAIEVAC was initiated as SAF (South Asia Forum) in 2005 as part of a regional follow-up to the UNVAC Study. From 2010 this initiative was strengthened through the establishment of a new governing structure and the development of a five year workplan to guide its work.
SAIEVAC is a unique regional initiative led by the governments of South Asia in partnership with children, civil society organizations, INGOs and UN agencies. In a collaborative and participatory manner each stakeholder takes part in SAIEVAC, which focuses on raising awareness, developing capacities, implementing activities and sharing good practices and lessons learnt in preventing and responding to violence against children in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Mr. Reza Hossaini, Representative of UNICEF Sri Lanka at South Asia follow up regional consultation on the UN study on violence against children
Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children