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The UNODC Global Programme to End Violence Against Children (END VAC) was launched in 2015 with the objective to provide support to Member States in preventing and responding to violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. UNODC is best placed to provide this specialist legal and technical guidance, having over thirty years of experience in the area of child rights and has the specific mandate to support Member States in ensuring that children are better served and protected by justice systems and in protecting them from crime and violence. 

Violence against children is a widespread phenomenon affecting millions of children all over the world. Whether it takes place within the family, schools, alternative care and justice institutions, the community or even within workplace environments (both those workplaces mandated under law and those which exist illegally and breach child labour and exploitation laws), it is often implicitly socially condoned and goes without legal sanctions...  read more

UNODC has been implementing its Global Programme to End Violence Against Children which supports Member States in preventing and responding to serious forms of violence against children. UNODC is cognisant that violence against children engages the field of child development. The cornerstone of the UNODC Programme is focused on the need for integrated approaches for addressing forms of violence against children... read more

As defined in international legal instruments, children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. International law directs States to ensure that children are properly cared for and to protect them from violence, abuse and neglect. Should they be victims of violence, States shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical, psychological recovery and social reintegration... read more 

UNODC has developed effective tools for policy makers and professionals in the area of violence against children. These tools have been used in the delivery of technical assistance programmes. The publications and resources of UNODC filed under the thematic focus areas of Crime and Violence Prevention; Child Victims and Witnesses of Crime; Juvenile Justice; and Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups... read more

In recognition of the need for close inter-agency cooperation, especially to ensure the avoidance of overlapping mandates and duplication of efforts, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Programme to End Violence Against Children works with a number of key partners both United Nations entities and representatives of regional and other international organizations and networks... read more 

 

UNODC END-VAC COVID-19 Response (click here for UNODC CODIV-19 Tools)

UNODC took part in an inter-agency process and contributed to the development of an Inter-Agency Technical Guidance (See French & Spanish) on COVID-19 and Children Deprived of Liberty. The interagency group is composed of UN entities and CSOs and is a joint effort with the Alliance on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action... read more

UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Violence against Children

UNODC took part in the UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Violence against Children which calls on governments, the international community, civil society, human rights institutions, the private sector, worker's organizations and leader in every sector to ensure a child rights and multi-sectoral response to COVID-19 on three fronts: 1. More Information; 2. More Solidarity; 3. More child rights and multisectoral action... see the Agenda for Action UNIAWG-VAC & the Policy Brief on COVID-19 and follow UNIAWG-VAC on Trello

 

Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, signed the 'Leaders call for action to protect children from violence and abuse during COVID-19' joint statement to call for an urgent, united effort to address violence against children as part of the broader response to COVID-19. Read the Leaders' Statement in full below, download the PDF and share via TwitterFacebook or Instagram. UNODC is part of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and contributed to the 'INSPIRE: Seven strategies to end violence against children' designed to strengthen the effectiveness of programmes and approaches to end violence against children.  

 

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Recent News

UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Violence against Children

As a member of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Violence against Children, UNODC END-VAC contributed to the elaboration of the Agenda for Action aimed to support the appeal by the UN Secretary-General on protecting the rights of children and safeguarding their well-being during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The call will put a spotlight on how multisectoral and child rights actions look like after COVID and would be based on lessons learned, on previously developed guides/notes, as well as on evidence-based data on mid and long term socioeconomic impact due to the global economic downturn, in particular on social protection and child protection... read more and see also the Policy Brief on COVID-19

UNODC Global Programme to END VAC contributed to the Inter-Agency Technical Guidance on COVID-19 and Children Deprived of Liberty 

In April 2020, UNODC took part in an inter-agency process and contributed to the development of an Inter-Agency Technical Guidance on COVID-19 and Children Deprived of Liberty. The interagency group is composed of UN entities and CSOs and is a joint effort with the Alliance on Child Protection in Humanitarian ActionThe Inter-Agency Technical Guidance is aimed to provide States with recommendations on how to ensure the well-being of children in detention during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to this Guidance, UNODC, through its Global Programme to END VAC, offers a number of Technical Assistance Services to support Member States, upon request, in better protecting the rights of children in detention during the COVID-19 outbreak... read more and see The Inter-Agency Technical Guidance and UNODC-ENDVAC COVID-19 Response Webpage

Protecting children from terrorism: Indonesia launched the “Bali Call for Action for the implementation of the UNODC Roadmap” 

March 2020 - High-level representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives and the Philippines gathered in Bali in an event co-organised by Japan, Indonesia and UNODC reached political consensus : the 'Bali Call for Action'. Launched by the government of Indonesia, the “Bali Call for Action”, is a political declaration which endorses the UNODC Roadmap and commits to translate it into action at national level. With this initiative, Indonesia also called upon Member States to join this historical declaration as a unique opportunity to adopt a common approach to protect children from terrorism... read more

UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups highlighted at the COTER Meeting, European Council  

UNODC participated in the meeting organised by the Working Party on Terrorism (COTER) of the European Council and presented the UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups. The meeting was a first step in enhancing the partnership between UNODC and the European Council towards protecting children from terrorism and supporting Member States to overcome the challenges associated with this phenomenon...  read more

UNODC Roadmap on the Treatment of Children Associated with Terrorist and Violent Extremist groups

The Roadmap is the result of 3 years of technical assistance work by UNODC to Member States that are affected by this phenomenon. It builds upon the twofold mandates of UNODC in the areas of violence against children and counter-terrorism, as well as on an increased understanding of the challenges and promising practices in this area. The Roadmap aims in priority to achieve an enhanced system-wide coherence that supports national priorities and needs...  read more

Useful links

UN Strategies & Measures on the Elimination of VAC

Convention on the Rights of the Child

UNODC Global Programme END VAC Handbook 

UNODC Global Programme END VAC Factsheet

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