WHO joins key partners to define follow up to launch of World report on violence against children
On 20 November 2006 the World report on violence against children was launched in Geneva, Switzerland. This book presents the findings of the UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children in detail, expanding on the official report presented to the UN General Assembly on 11 October 2006. In addition to reviewing published and grey literature, the World report on violence against children draws on reports provided by 136 Governments in response to questionnaires requesting information on their efforts to address violence against children; nine regional consultations that involved the participation of children; several thematic meetings; and public submissions.
The launch of the report coincided with Universal Children's Day and the 15th anniversary of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Geneva event consisted of panel discussions on follow up to the Study by representatives of UN agencies, the Human Rights Council, NGOs and children. Dr Anders Nordström, Acting Director-General of WHO, received the report from the Independent Expert Paulo Sergio Pinheiro on behalf of the interagency steering committee and emphasized the importance of taking action to implement the report's recommendations. Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO's Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention spoke of WHO's commitment, affirming that WHO will continue to support countries to collect data and information related to violence against children, develop policies and programmes to prevent violence against children, build the capacity of health professionals to address violence against children, and create systems for the provision of medico-legal services and emergency trauma care. He also reminded the audience of the recently published WHO-ISPCAN guide Preventing child maltreatment, which is specifically aimed at assisting countries in following up on the report's recommendations concerning violence against children in the home and family.