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CHILD Protection & Child Rights » VII. International Mechanisms » United Nations » Special Representative to the Secretary General on violence against children


The Committee on the Rights of the Child during one general discussion days on violence against children decided to carry out an international study. The UN General Assembly called for the study in 2001 acting on the recommendation of the committee. October 2006, the Independent Expert for the Secretary-General Study on Violence against Children, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro of Brazil , presented his final report to the UN General Assembly. In October 2007 he also presented a progress report of recommendations.

A 2008 General Assembly resolution A/RES/62/141 established the post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children. The position was a results of the study on violence against children in there world in collaboration with Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

In 2009 the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Marta Santos Pais of Portugal as his Special Representative on Violence against Children. From 1991 to 1997, Ms. Santos Pais was the Rapporteur of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, during which time, she also served as Vice-Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Childhood Policies of the Council of Europe. Currently Director of the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, a post she has held since 2001, she joined UNICEF in 1997 as Director of Evaluation, Policy and Planning and served as Co-Chair of the United Nations Development Group Working Group on Human Rights.