Farewell from Marta Santos Pais: Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children

New York, 31 May 2019 - "It has been my honour and privilege to serve the world’s children as UN SRSG on Violence against Children, and as I step down from this position today, I would like to thank the ever-growing movement of visionary leaders, child rights defenders, scholars, development partners, artists and especially millions of inspiring children and young people around the world for your efforts.

Together, over the past decade, you have tirelessly supported our work to build a world free from violence where children grow up safe, cherished, confident and empowered.

Tangible progress has been made and positive change continues to gain ground. But the journey to eliminate child neglect, maltreatment, abuse and exploitation is far from over and there is no room for complacency. As we know, violence is not inevitable and the world has the evidence to prevent it, everywhere and anywhere. With strong commitment and steady efforts, violence can be made a thing of the distant past.

Children deserve no less. And they stand ready to join as active partners and genuine agents of change. Thank-you again for your dedication to children and

I look forward to joining you in supporting the new UN SRSG on Violence against Children,Najat Maalla M’jid, in the times ahead."


Marta Santos Pais