Royal Government of Cambodia and partners reconfirm commitment to end all violence against children by 2030

19 October 2021
© UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Charles Fox
UNICEF Cambodia/2015/Charles Fox

Phnom Penh, 19 October 2021 – Today the Royal Government of Cambodia held a National Policy Dialogue to reconfirm its commitment to eliminating violence against children (VAC), while also showcasing the progress made in recent years. This National Policy Dialogue feeds into the End Violence Solutions Summit, a global forum working to end all forms of violence against children.

The online event was hosted by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and supported by UNICEF, Save the Children and Child Rights Coalition (CRC) Cambodia. Also in attendance were members of the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children, representing relevant ministries, institutions and sub-national administration, UN agencies, donors, international and local NGOs, the private sector, adolescents and youth.  

Today’s Dialogue reinforced a strong foundation for successful collaboration across sectors, so important to effectively address violence against children. The participation of children, adolescents and youth in the Dialogue ensures that their voices are heard and reflected in the commitments made today.

Cambodia has made it clear that preventing VAC is a priority. In 2013, Cambodia became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to conduct a national survey on violence against children, with support from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and UNICEF. This survey’s findings informed the Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children (2017-2021), which set up the 13 key ministries for joint action on this common goal.

In 2018, Cambodia hosted the first Regional INSPIRE Conference towards implementing the ‘Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children’. These strategies aim to better understand the causes of violence and build unified responses around them. Cambodia’s progress with these INSPIRE strategies and the consistent public commitments to end VAC led to Cambodia becoming a Pathfinding Country of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children in 2019. This Partnership is the only global entity focused solely on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children by 2030.

During today’s Dialogue, the Royal Government of Cambodia presented its Statement of Commitment, which emphasized that “protection of children and adolescents from violence is necessary not only for their wellbeing and long-term development but also for national development”. The Statement also reaffirmed the Government’s dedication to accelerate efforts to end violence against children by 2030 by:

  • Banning all forms of violence against children
  • Strengthening child protection data and monitoring
  • Enabling parents and caregivers to keep children safe
  • Making the internet safe for children
  • Making schools safe, non-violent, and inclusive

His Excellency Nim Thot, Permanent Secretary of State, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation said, “Amidst the advancement of globalization and technology, developed and developing countries continue to face a lot of challenges in ending ‘violence against children’. Violence against children in any form has detrimental effects on child development, their social ethics, dignity and future human resource development and cannot be tolerated. To promote child protection and their wellbeing, the Royal Government of Cambodia has implemented a number of laws, policies and national action plans such as National Social Protection Framework 2016-2025, the National Child Protection System Policy 2019-2029, Law on Juvenile Justice, Law on Intercountry Adoption, draft Child Protection Law and other relevant legal frameworks. Today, we call for the continued collaboration and collective action from all relevant ministries, institutions, international and local NGOs, and stakeholders to back the ongoing advancements in child protection.”   

Today’s commitments inform how violence against children will be tackled in the coming years and will be shared on a global stage at the #EndViolence Leaders Event in mid-December 2021, as part of the EVAC Solution Summit. The virtual Solutions Summit Series will bring together the 34 members of the global partnership and aims to strengthen connections, forge new alliances and build up further momentum towards a violence-free future.

“UNICEF acknowledges the Government’s significant efforts in strengthening systems to prevent and respond to VAC and its ongoing determination to further strengthen those systems.” said Foroogh Foyouzat, UNICEF Representative in Cambodia. “The COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the urgent need to accelerate actions to prevent and respond to violence against children, both offline and online. UNICEF remains firmly committed to supporting the Royal Government of Cambodia’s steadfast and accelerated action in preventing VAC and to fulfill its commitments to end violence against children by 2030.”

 

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Notes to Editors

 

About National Policy Dialogue

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation is hosting a national policy dialogue on solutions to end violence against children on 19 October 2021, to tap into the global momentum of the End Violence Solutions Summit series. The dialogue provides a forum for national stakeholders to review and reach a consensus on key achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations to accelerate the progress towards ending violence against children. Additionally, it will showcase national best practices for the prevention and response to violence against children; and contribute towards a more conducive environment for collaboration between government ministries across sectors, development partners, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector, the media and academia and to ensure meaningful child and youth participation to scale up and implement cost-effective, evidence-based solutions and the Action Plan.

The goal is that key stakeholders across all sectors will be re-energised, inspired and equipped to deliver the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.2, to end all violence against children by 2030.

 

About the Solution Summit Series

‘Together to ENDviolence’ is a global campaign which issues an urgent call to action as we enter the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this campaign, the Solutions Summit Series asks us to consider how to build back safer for children both during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.  .. The campaign and virtual Solutions Summit Series will bring the growing ‘end violence’ community together for the first time since the Solutions Summit in Sweden in 2018, strengthen existing partnerships, confirm political commitments, and forge new alliances. The collective capabilities, capacities and networks of the End Violence Partnership will join forces to deliver change for children and end VAC at home, online, at school and in communities.

 

For more information, please contact

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation

H.E. Toch Channy, Director General, General Technical Directorate 
Email: tochchanny@gmail.com, Mobile: (+855) 012417367

 

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