Keeping the promise: ending violence against children by 2030

Violence against children is widespread and pervasive but is not inevitable! By placing children at the heartof the 2030 Agenda, and at the centre of all we do, we can realize its noble vision of a world free from fear and violence for all.

The publication of this report could not be timelier as we mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international human rights treaty. The Convention transformed the way we view children: as citizens of today and agents of change, rather thanpassive recipients of services. The Convention made a promise to every child of a life free from violence.

This report aims to help us keep that promise to children. It documents what has been achieved to date through collective action, reminds us of the prevalence and nature of violence, sets out the evidence on solutions, and charts a course for accelerated progress. Violence against children is widespread and pervasive but is not inevitable! By placing children at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and at the centre of all we do, we can realize its noble vision of a world free from fear and violence for all. 

From foreword by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres

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