(Coe) вЂ" The Council of Europe is to call for European governments to put every effort into making a better life for children by acting on the findings of the United Nations Study on Violence against Children.
The call will be made at an event to launch the Study at European level, to be held during the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly session in Strasbourg (Tuesday 23 January,1pm; outside the debating chamber, Palais de l'Europe). It will be attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover, Parliamentary Assembly President Rene van der Linden, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer Buquicchio, and report author Professor Paolo Pinheiro, and follows a debate on children in the Assembly session, reports Trend.
The UN study вЂ" launched worldwide at the end of 2006 вЂ" paints a picture of the situation of violence against children around the world, and gives concrete recommendations on how to remedy the situation.
The Council of Europe spearheaded the European region's input to the report and is now leading action for children through its programme Building a Europe for and with Children - aiming to promote children's rights, protect children against violence, ensure their participation and prosecute the perpetrators of violence.
The Council of Europe and UNICEF, who are committed to work hand in hand, will sign a joint declaration to strengthen their co-operation at 9am on Tuesday.