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05 July 2016

Viva at UN launch to end violence against children worldwide

Viva at UN launch to end violence against children worldwide

The UN is to launch the Global Partnership and Fund to End Violence Against Children next week.

Christian charity Viva will be present at the invitation-only event.

Viva works with partners to keep children safe from violence and domestic abuse and fulfilling their God-given potential around the world.

Mark Stavers, chief executive of Viva, said: "It is a privilege to have the opportunity to join world leaders who are tackling violence against children head-on, to be inspired by what's being done and challenged by the journey ahead.

"Keeping children safe has been at the heart of Viva's work for 20 years, and that continues today. Alongside our partner networks in Central America, our goal is to see whole cities where children are safe from violence and domestic abuse.

One in every two children is harmed by violence, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the goals of Agenda 2030 call for a world where every child grows up free from violence and exploitation.

The partnership – supported by governments, civil society organisations, foundations, private sector and UN agencies – aims to accelerate real action for children, build on the opportunity presented by the Sustainable Development Goals, and strengthen global collaboration.

Viva partner networks have started a joint, region-wide programme to change attitudes and influence governments in Central America.

Mark continued: "I feel it is significant that we have been invited to the UN for the launch of this important global initiative. I hope that it might be a springboard for Viva's future involvement in collaborative work on this issue."

The launch will be co-hosted by the governments of Mexico, Sweden, Tanzania and Indonesia, who will present their national roadmaps for ending violence against children.