Sub-Regional Meeting for the Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence Against Children in the Caribbean
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"I would like very much our participants in this Caribbean meeting to leave the conference with a very high commitment, in their minds and in their hearts, to go out and tell what the conference was about, and what was achieved, and to bring one particular commitment to be followed, immediately, in their own countries. And I would like very much that commitment to be the alliance that should be formed at the national level, with all stakeholders -- the parliamentarians, governmental officials, civil society and young people -- to develop an agenda identifying what are the major difficulties in the country and what are the opportunities so that each country in the Caribbean region becomes a society where violence has no place."- Marta Santos Pais, Special Rep., Secretary Gen. on Violence against Children
By Tamar Hahn
Children's Declaration presented at the Sub-Regional Meeting for Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children in the Caribbean - Jamaica
"Today, we the delegates present to you our declaration first because we would like to think of it as strategy to get you to listen to what we have to say before you formulate the plans you have for us. This would further concrete the reason as to why you are here to first ask us what we think as opposed to you planning and deciding and then asking. Therefore we would like to present our points and hope that our voices won’t be left in this conference room.
|CARIBBEAN MEETING--Follow up to the UN Study on Violence, Photo by Fritz Djenald Israel- Enpak-Haiti|
Children share their views on the caribbean subregional meeting for the follow up to the un study on violence against children
|Marta Santos Pais|
Act now! Some highlights from children’s participation in the Regional Consultations for the United Nations Secretary-General’s study on Violence against Children
First, an overview to explain what is a ‘Convention’...
Conventions are legal agreements made by governments to protect girls, boys, women, men and also our planet. They highlight the promises governments have made on an issue (for example: to protect children and women’s rights) and they are part of international law.
Before you understand exactly what an Omnibus Resolution is, it will be useful to understand:
What is a “Resolution”?
A United Nations Resolution is like a ‘decision’ or ‘recommendation’ that is made by the countries that are part of the United Nations. For all different issues, matters and subjects, Resolutions are written and often put to a vote. If a country votes ‘yes’ for a resolution, they are saying that they agree with it.
There are times, within the United Nations (or the world), that an issue or situation requires special attention. For example: countries that are affected by war or an issue like HIV/AIDS may require the UN to take special actions. In some cases, the Secretary General (or the head of the UN) may decide to appoint a ‘Special Representative’. Sometimes a Special Representative can also be appointed for a country situation or for a global theme.
Every child has the same human rights. Some of your human rights have to do with the basic physical needs to stay alive. For example, you have the right to food, water, shelter and basic health care. Some of your human rights have to do with how other people treat you. You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Some of your rights have to do with your need to be cared for, to develop and to grow and be part of your communities. You have the right to an education, to express your own ideas and opinions, to information, protection and to participate in making decisions about issues that affect you. You also have the right to not be discriminated against because of who you are or where you come from.
As explained in the ‘What is the United Nations?’ leaflet, the UN takes many actions to promote human rights, protect the environment, fight disease, reduce poverty and more. The UN is a key place for governments/states to meet, talk about issues and make agreements about what needs to happen. Often, these ‘agreements’ or promises are documented in ‘Treaties and Conventions’.
The Human Rights Council (or the ‘Council’ for short) is part of the United Nations and is in charge of promoting and protecting human rights around the world. The Council exists to:
• Prevent discrimination and abuses
• Find ways to deal with discrimination and abuses when they happen
• Protect the people who are most in danger and at risk of discrimination and abuse
First, we need to look at the United Nations (UN) and how it is structured... The UN is a huge international body made up of many different organs, programs, agencies and committees. There are six main organs of the United Nations:
First, we need to look at the United Nations (UN) and how it is structured...The UN is a huge international body made up of many different organs, programs, agencies and committees. We cannot go into the details of every group, but we can look at a general overview. There are six main organs of the United Nations:
The United Nations (UN) is a way for all the countries of the world to discuss problems and deal with issues that affect them all. It has a key role in trying to maintain international peace and security but also addresses issues related to disaster relief, human rights, the environment, health, poverty and more.
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The Latin American and the Caribbean Chaptyer of the Global Movement for Children (GMC-CLAC) consists of various institutions that promote, protect and defend children and adolescent rights, including UNICEF, the Inter-America Children's Institute and works in close collaboration with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais.