Delivered on 6 March 2018

Delivered by H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you, Mr. President,

The Maldives thanks the Special Representative of the Secretary – General on Violence Against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais for her comprehensive report.

As the Special Representative notes in her report, it is crucial that the national sustainable development plans be supported by robust, reliable and disaggregated data to assess progress towards the violence-related targets of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. President,

We align with the SR’s views on inclusion of children’s voices and experiences to realize the vision and targets of the 2030 Agenda, of a world free from fear and violence. In the Maldives, under the Child Participation Strategy, in 2016, a Child Participation Forum was held in the lead up to the launch in mid last year, of the National Action Plan on Violence against Children. This is a milestone in our efforts to protect children from violence.

The Maldives has also established a Multi-sectorial Child Protection Platform to connect partner agencies to strengthen the response system and data sharing among all stakeholders with the Maldives Child Protection Database.

The 24-hour toll-free Call Centre dedicated for reporting violence against children, and the recently established mobile application by the name ‘AHAN’, meaning “LISTEN”, we have seen an increase in reporting on child abuse. These data, published regularly, allows both policy makers and the community together to ensure timely and evidence-based interventions to protect children from all forms of violence.

Before concluding, my delegation wishes to ask the Special Representative if you could share best practices in other countries to further encourage reporting of violence against children and ensure effective and timely intervention?

Thank you, Mr President.