Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/907/10.2 12 November 2004
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    907 Meeting, 24 November 2004
    10 Legal questions


    10.2 Exchange of views with Professor Pinheiro, special rapporteur to the United Nations Secretary General –

    Study on violence against children: regional consultation (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 5-7 July 2005)

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    Action

    To hold an exchange of views with Professor Paolo Sergio Pinheiro, appointed independent expert to lead the UN Secretary General Study on violence against children.

    1. In 2001 the UN Secretary General was asked by the United Nations General Assembly to carry out a global study on violence against children. In 2003 Professor Paolo Sergio Pinheiro was appointed as independent expert to lead the study. Professor Pinheiro has a long term experience in human rights issues. He is a former Secretary of State for Human Rights in Brazil and has directed the country's Centre for the Study on violence. The study will be finalized in 2005. Supporting UN agencies for the study are UNICEF, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organisation.

    2. Professor Pinheiro has been entrusted with the task to “provide an in-depth global picture of violence against children and propose clear recommendations for the implementation improvement of legislation, policy and programmes relating to the prevention of and responses to violence against children.”

    3. The Council of Europe has been invited by UNICEF to collaborate for the organisation of the regional consultation for Europe and Central Asia. The government of Slovenia has agreed to host the consultation, which will take place in Ljubljana on 5-7 July 2005. UNICEF, the Council of Europe and the government of Slovenia are organising the consultation in collaboration with OHCHR, WHO and the NGO Advisory Panel.

    4. The Council of Europe will therefore play a key role in the organisation of the regional consultation and will, as a consequence, have an important impact on the UN Study. Indeed, through its numerous legal instruments, the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, its considerable work carried out in the social and youth fields, both an an intergovernmental and parliamentary levels, the Council of Europe's expertise has been considered invaluable for the success of the Study.

    5. This exchange of views has been organised to raise political awareness and ownership of the whole process, to specify the role of the Council of Europe in it and to stimulate governments' support (both technical and material) for the UN Study and Professor Pinheiro's work. It should be noted that several European governments (e.g. France, Norway, Denmark and Sweden) have already contributed both financially and technically to the preparation process of other regional consultations around the world.

    Financing assured: YES

    DRAFT DECISION

    907th meeting – 24 November 2004

    Item 10.2

    Exchange of views with professor Pinheiro,
    special rapporteur to the United Nations Secretary General –
    Study on violence against children: regional consultation
    (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 5-7 July 2005)

    Decision

    The Deputies held an exchange of views with Professor Pinheiro and took note of the work which would be carried out by the UN concerning violence against children. They supported the UN Study on this subject,and requested the Secretariat to keep them informed on the progress of the work in this field.



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