Mexico Launches its End Violence Nation Action Plan
Remarks of Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children at the Launch of the End Violence Nation Action Plan Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to start with a few words of gratitude and congratulations. My warmest congratulations to the children of Mexico on their new national plan and the new protection it provides them from all forms of violence. My heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Mexico for its leadership and to my colleagues from civil society organisations and UN agencies for their tireless dedication and commitment. Today, we also celebrate collaboration. Months of work are bearing fruit. This National Action Plan sets a milestone for children’s rights in Mexico and an example to the world. Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentleman, Just two years ago, in 2015, world leaders made a commitment to end all forms of violence against children by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs. The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was established shortly thereafter, by governments, foundations, civil society, the United Nations, the academic community and private sector – to provide a global platform to all those working toward the goal of ending violence against children – to share lessons learned and best practices. End Violence, as the partnership and its associated fund are known, is a mean of implementation of the SDGs, and a test case for its universality. Our vision is a world in which every child grows up free from violence, and we have solutions. At the heart of End Violence is INSPIRE, a set of seven evidence-based strategies to keep the world’s children safe and secure. We believe that we can achieve our goals, and realize the rights of all children, by building political will, accelerating action and strengthening collaboration. The Government of Mexico has already demonstrated commendable political will and commitment. My deepest thanks, including for the enthusiastic collaboration our Secretariat has with the Mission of Mexico to the UN, in New York. Your Excellency, Secretary Osorio, you and your Government are setting remarkable examples of political will and dedication, and we are eager to continue working with you. You can count on our support for your ambtious actions that started prior to the Sustainable Development Goals being issued. Indeed and as one example among others, in 2014 the Mexican Senate passed the General Law of the Rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents. This established a broad system of comprehensive protections to guarantee the rights of nearly 40 million girls, boys and adolescents in Mexico, as well as of migrant children in the country. I had an opportunity to be with you in Mexico not long after the General Law was enacted and was introduced to many of you leading in efforts to implement this important legislation. Mexico – from Government to civil society - has been a key player within the End Violence partnership since day one. From Mexico, we have a wealth of experience and eagerness to do more - better and quicker - to end violence against children. Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentleman, Violence against children takes many forms: neglect, physical and emotional abuse, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, torture, child marriage, sexual abuse, rape, trafficking, and other abhorrent crimes online and offline. Globally, the picture is harrowing. More than 1 billion children - half of all the children in the world- are exposed to violence every year. Every day, in every country - rich and poor - millions of children are victims of violence in their homes, schools, and communities. Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. An estimated 120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual violence. At global level, collective action is the only way forward. Your Plan of Action, which builds upon the INSPIRE strategies and applies them to the Mexican context, establishes mechanisms to accelerate action through policies and programmes to protect children. The Plan provides increased access for children to comprehensive services. Today as you launch the Plan and open a new chapter in children well-being in Mexico, you also send a signal to the world. As member of End Violence, we invite Mexico to share its experience through our collaboration platform. You will have opportunities to let government and civil society of other countries learn about your experience, and exchange knowledge and evidence. The End Violence Solutions Summit, which the partnership is co-organising with the Government of Sweden in February 2018, in Stockholm, will be a prime opportunity for Mexico to showcase achievements. Mexico will be among a small and dedicated group, sharing lessons learnt, together with challenges. This will be an important opportunity to renew your international commitment, and to showcase your leadership. It is an honour to be here once again, for the sake of all Mexican children, and for the 1 billion children around the world who have the right to safety. Thank you for pathfinding, and really making a difference in this new partnership.