‘Solutions Summit’ highlights need for research to end violence by 2030

by UN Children's Fund / In the News


Global leaders and researchers gathered in Stockholm last week for the first Agenda 2030 Solutions Summit to End Violence Against Children. The summit brought together governments, UN organisations and non-intergovernmental organisations, civil society, the private sector, academics, and children to design and share bold solutions for preventing and responding to violence against children as part of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 commitments.

A Matter of Life and Death: Protecting children during and after emergencies is a matter of life and death

by Child Protection Working Group / Reports

A report from the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), with ChildFund Alliance, outlining the various reasons why protecting children from violence and exploitation is a life-saving intervention during and after emergencies, and should be prioritized for funding in all humanitarian crises.

Agenda 2030 for Children, End Violence Solutions Summit (Feb. 2018)

by Diana Quick / Our Work

At least 1 out of 2 children has experienced some form of violence and 18 million girls aged between 15 and 19 have experienced sexual abuse.

The Swedish Government, in collaboration with the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and WePROTECT Global Alliance, hosted the Agenda 2030 for Children, End Violence Solutions Summitin Stockholm, Sweden, on 14 and 15 February 2018.

Government ministers from 20 countries, youth delegates and high-level representatives of UN bodies, civil society, the academic world and the private sector participated in the conference.

The purpose of the conference was to share good experiences and new solutions in work to end violence against children.

ChildFund Alliance was represented by Secretary General Meg Gardinier; Laurence Cambianica of Educo; Angeles Belén Cowan Ruiz, age 17, from Paraguay; and Luisa Futboe, age 16, from Indonesia. Our youth representatives were accompanied by Maria Ferreira and Reny Haning. Suzanne Berman of ChildFund International (USA) and Jorge Méndez-Rheineck of Christian Children's Fund of Canada/Paraguay were civil society representatives for their respective countries. 

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The Solutions Summit websitehas lots of information about the Summit.

Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit Proclamation

Call to action for attendees to the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit (signed by the Civil Society Forum of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, of which ChildFund Alliance is a member). The members of the Civil Society Forum are all members of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. The call to action calls on governments and others to fulfill their commitments to end violence against children. The members of the Forum pledge to take seven actions that will contribute to ending violence against children. 

End Violence Solutions Summit: Statementby Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children

Where Next? Ending Violence against Children, by David Steven, Center on International Cooperation, New York University (paper)

Former sponsored child speaks for her peers on global stage, a blog by youth participant Angeles, reflecting on her experiences at the summit.

Japan Contributes US$ 5.9 million to the Fund to End Violence Against Children as First Humanitarian Donor.

Children Speak About Being Free from Violence and Exploitation

by ChildFund Alliance / Reports

In a study of the views of children on the issues of violence and exploitation, ChildFund Alliance conducted over 50 focus groups in 41 countries so that their voices can be heard as part of the post 2015-agenda. The children cited the top three things they want world leaders to do – raise awareness of the issues, enact laws and punish offenders – as well as give examples of the worst forms of violence and exploitation.

Counting Pennies: A Review of Official Development Assistance to End Violence Against Children

by ChildFund Alliance, End Violence Against Children, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages, UNICEF, World Vision and SRSG on Ending Violence against Children / Reports

For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report "Counting Pennies: A review of official development assistance to end violence against children" found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 percent was allocated to ending violence against children. This amounts to less than $0.65 per child in aid-receiving countries to end this scourge that affects more than one billion children every year.

Former Sponsored Child Speaks for Her Peers on Global Stage

by Ángeles, CCFC former sponsored child, Paraguay / Member Spotlight

By Ángeles, CCFC former sponsored child, Paraguay

(Translated by Maria Ferreira, program officer, Paraguay)

It’s been a busy few months for Ángeles, a former sponsored child from Paraguay. This past fall, she attended a violence-prevention meetingin Ottawa, hosted on behalf of the World Health Organization and the Government of Canada. And, she’s just returned from a global meeting in Sweden. The 17-year-old attended the End Violence Solutions Summitwith academics, civil-society organizations, private-sector leaders and government officials. (She even met the Queen of Sweden!, See below.)

Here Angie opens up about her impressions of this special trip — one she shared with Leticia, a peer from SOS Children’s Villages.

International "Protect Children from War" conference

by Diana Quick / Public Statement

ChildFund Alliance was one of just 20 civil society organizations that participated in the international ministerial conference "Protect Children from War" in Paris this week. The conference commemorated the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Commitments to Protect Children Unlawfully Recruited or Used by Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Commitments) and The Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups (Paris Principles).

The government of France and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Paris Principles Steering Group (PPSG), co-hosted the conference. ChildFund is a member of the PPSG.

International Aid Towards Ending Violence Against Children Deeply Lacking, First-Ever Study Shows

by ChildFund International / Public Statement

Richmond, Va. (June 08, 2017) – Out of every dollar the world spends on development assistance, only half a penny supports efforts to end violence against children, according to a new study, Counting Pennies. Commissioned by ChildFund Alliance and others, the study evaluates official development assistance (ODA) — government aid to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries — targeted towards preventing and responding to violence against children.