Since 2009, the SRSG mandate has promoted a strategic collaboration with key actors in the Americas such the Organization of American States (OAS), MERCOSUR, SICA and CARICOM, the Latin American and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMI LAC), academia, civil society actors and children and young people to accelerate progress on the implementation of the UN Study recommendations in the region.
As a result, the protection of children from violence is placed at the center of the agenda of the Organization of American States, which is clearly illustrated by the adoption of the OAS General Assembly Resolution “Violence and exploitation of children” AG/DEC.76 (XLIV-0/14) and the unified Resolution adopted by the XXI Pan American Congresses held in Brasilia from 10 to 12 December, 2014. Collaboration with the OAS has been pursued with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, with the Inter-American Children’s Institute and within the framework of the Pan American Congresses on Children and Adolescents.
The unified Resolution adopted by the XXI Pan-American Congress set the child rights agenda for the next five years. It reaffirmed the OAS Declaration on Violence and Exploitation of Children, adopted during its 44th ordinary session held in Paraguay, which calls for the Post 2015 development agenda to address the issue of violence and exploitation perpetrated against children. The unified Resolution also placed a special emphasis on children’s protection from violence in the juvenile justice system, the prevention and elimination of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and the crucial importance of investing in early childhood and preventing children’s placement in alternative care.
The prevention of and elimination of all forms of violence against children remains a top priority on the agenda of the Latin American and Caribbean Movement for Children. In collaboration with the MMI LAC and with MERCOSUR, SICA and CARICOM, the SRSG organized between 2011 and 2012, three regional consultations in South America, Central America and the Caribbean; three regional analytical studies were also developed to provide an overview of regional and national initiatives of follow up to the UN Study on Violence against Children and child friendly materials issued with the leading participation of children and young people.
These important achievements open crucial opportunities for the consolidation of collective and participatory processes at the regional and national levels in the Americas to support steady and sustainable progress for the effective implementation of State’s legal obligation to safeguard children from all forms of violence.
Acta XXVIII Reunion de Altas Autoridades en Derechos Humanos del Mercosur - 25-26 de Mayo 2016 - Spanish
Declaration on violence against and exploitation of children (May 2014)- Organization of American States
Adopted subregional roadmaps to end violence against children
Hoja de Ruta para contribuir a la realización del derecho de los niños, las niñas y adolescentes a la protección contra todo tipo de violencia en Sudamérica (South American Roadmap on Violence against Children)
Inter-American Human Rights system
1. Human Rights Standards
2. Human Rights Bodies
Latest decision concerning children's rights -Advisory Opinion 21/14 Rights and guarentees of children in the context of migration and / or in need of international protection
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
IACHR Thematic reports
Towards the effective fulfillment of children´s rights: National Protection Systems 2017
South American regional meeting for the follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against children, Asunción, Paraguay, April 28 – 29, 2011
Central American regional meeting for the follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, December 1-2, 2011
Caribbean Sub-regional meeting for the follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children, Kingston, Jamaica, May 14 – 15, 2012
Mapeo Estado de situación de los países de Centroamérica, México, Cuba, y República Dominicana en relación con la violencia contralos niños, niñas y adolescentes en seguimiento al Estudio de Naciones Unidas sobre la Violencia contra los Niños