Promoted by the Office of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children and many partners, the High Time initiative aims to end violence against children thanks to the transformative power of governments’ commitment and action, organizations and communities’ engagement, and people’s time and talent. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children. It is also the twentieth anniversary of the first World Congress against the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Both the Study and the Stockholm Agenda for Action set in motion processes that have resulted in important strides in the protection of children from violence.
2016 starts the process of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The World’s new development agenda includes the elimination of violence against children amongst its priorities, including through a distinct target (Target 16.2). This is a historic achievement and a strategic moment to consolidate the gains made, grasp the lessons learned and redouble efforts to trigger a dynamic process of change to build a world where all children can grow up free from violence, leaving no one behind.
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