Top UN officials urge all to back Annan’s global study on violence against children

Highlighting the widespread incidence of violence against children in all parts of the world, top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of following-up on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s in-depth study of the problem, by acting on its recommendations for better legislation and enforcement.

UN officials urge global backing for Annan’s report on violence against women

Painting a grim picture of the extent of violence against women in all parts of the world, senior United Nations officials today urged everyone to fully support Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recent in-depth study on the problem, which lays out legislative and other recommendations to combat the scourge.

Urgent action needed to counter widespread violence against women: UN health agency

Violence against women is common and widespread throughout the developing and developed world and urgent action must be taken to deal with the scourge, the United Nations health agency warned today in a report highlighting that women are generally more at risk from their partners than other people.

UN-backed conference calls for ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual violence in conflict

Delegates from more than 30 countries at a United Nations-backed conference on sexual violence in conflict today endorsed a programme for action, ranging from ending impunity to developing national preventive plans, after hearing harrowing accounts of the scourge, including the rape of girls as young as one year old.

UN calls for strong action to eliminate violence against women

The United Nations today marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women with calls for states to take legal action against the global scourge, for societies to change a mindset that permits such abuse, and for women themselves to stand up and speak out against a culture of shame.

More governments tackle violence as a public health threat – UN agency

Governments around the world are increasingly working to prevent violence in the interests of public health and cost-effectiveness, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), which today opened a conference in San Francisco, California, aimed at seeking further advances on the issue.

UN expert studying violence against children cites progress in many States

A new United Nations survey shows that many countries are engaged in developing recommendations to reduce violence against children, its main author said today in New York.

More must be done to protect Latin American children from violence – UN panel

Latin American children must be taught non-violence and have their rights protected since they experience violence mainly in family homes and Government institutions, according to a regional expert panel assembled by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UN meeting for South Asia seeks end to violence against children

A United Nations-backed regional meeting dealing exclusively with violence against children, the first of its kind to be held in South Asia, opened today in Islamabad, Pakistan, amid calls for countries in the region to do more to prevent physical and psychological harm to young people.

UN-backed meeting seeks to curb violence against children in Indian Ocean area

In an effort to curb violence against children, experts from five Indian Ocean islands have gathered in Madagascar for a three-day United Nations-backed sub-regional meeting to draw up a plan of action.