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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
b) Inaugural ceremony: 28 May, 2012
c) Technical Consultation: 29-30 May, 2012

Introduction and Background
Violence against children takes many forms and seriously affects the development and overall well-being of children and adolescents. It occurs in different settings of children’s lives: home and family, schools and educational settings, care and justice systems, work settings, and community. The numerous aspects, root causes and effects of violence against children were analysed and documented in the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children (UNVAC Study), which was presented at the UN General Assembly in October 2006.

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:
a) The creation of coordination mechanisms at the national and local levels to support the protection of children against all forms of violence; and the development of related comprehensive public policies, strategies and integrated plans;
b) Legal reforms to ensure the protection of children from all forms of violence;
c) The creation of information and research systems to support related public policies, legislation, strategies and integrated plans of action.

South Asian Perspectives – the Road so Far
The South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC) is a groundbreaking initiative focusing on children’s protection. Its vision is that all children, girls and boys, throughout South Asia enjoy their rights to protection from all forms of violence in all settings they are growing up in.

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.





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"We see many organisations working independently...
unfortunately there seem to be a lack of coordination,"

said Minister of Child Development and Women's Empowerment Tissa Karaliyadda
28th May 2012
Full speech


Mr. Reza Hossaini, Representative of UNICEF Sri Lanka at South Asia follow up regional consultation on the UN study on violence against children
28th May 2012

Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children
28th May 2012

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