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UN appointee to brief on landmark study on violence against children

Who: Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Independent Expert appointed to lead the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children  Abigeil McIntyre, 17 year-old youth activist from Grenada

What: Briefing on the UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence Against Children

When: Monday 17 October 2005, immediately following the noon briefing

Where: Room S-226, UN Secretariat, First Avenue and 46th Street

Why:   Globally, an estimated 40 million children under the age of 15 suffer from violence, abuse and neglect. The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children is a groundbreaking effort to provide the first detailed report on how children experience violence worldwide and what must be done to prevent and end this violence.

Professor Pinheiro has travelled the globe in the last several months and heard first-hand accounts from children. He attended nine regional meetings this year where governments, NGOs, academics and others spoke openly about the violence confronting children and debated the way forward.

The study will address the wide range of violence that faces children in their home and family, schools and other institutional settings, on the streets and in their communities and in work situations. UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights are supporting the work of the Independent Expert.

For further information, please contact:

Allison Hickling, UNICEF Media, 212-326-7224, ahickling@unicef.org

For information on the study, please visit: http://www.violencestudy.org





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