The End Violence Solutions Summit took place this week in Stockholm, Sweden, bringing to life a recommendation made in a CIC report in 2014.
Key speakers included the Queen of Sweden, the Deputy Secretary-General, the heads of UNICEF, WHO, and UNODC, and ministers from 14 pathfinder countries. Never have so many senior leaders come together to prevent violence against children.
At the heart of the summit, INSPIRE – seven strategies for ending violence against children. The international community has reviewed the evidence and is speaking with one voice about how SDG16.2 can be delivered.
Brazil, Japan and United Arab Emirates all used the summit to join the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
Credit goes to countries first out of the blocks: Indonesia, Mexico, Tanzania and – the Summit host – Sweden. Also to Susan Bissell, who has nurtured the partnership in its early years and now gives way to Howard Taylor, joining from Nike Foundation as the partnership’s new director.
The big question. How will the partnership respond to Amina Mohammed’s challenge to present strengthened national commitments to end violence at the High-level Political Forum in 2019?
Read CIC’s challenge paper on preventing violence against children and my review of the Solutions Summit.
Image by Jessica Gow, Government Offices of Sweden
As the 2030 Agenda enters its third year, those working to end violence against children must redouble their efforts to make significant progress towards SDG16.2, improving the lives of children worldwide.
This challenge paper – the first in a series exploring next steps in implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s commitment to peace, justice and inclusion – is an update to If Not Now, When? Ending Violence Against all the World’s Children which recommended the formation of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
Published ahead of the Solutions Summit in Stockholm, it:
- Summarizes the development of the Sustainable Development Goal targets on ending violence against children.
- Describes how the SDG targets have been successful in strengthening a growing movement that aims to end violence against children, but argues that prevention has not yet become a frontline priority for governments.
- Reviews the formation and activities of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and the impact of the INSPIRE strategies for ending violence against children.
- Looks at which “pathfinder” countries have taken national leadership in this area.
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