“A universal commitment to children’s rights needs universal accountability,” the Council of Europe’s Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio declared in New York.
Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio was speaking at a 28 February United Nations event focused on stopping sexual violence against children through international standards.
She encouraged governments to ratify the Council of Europe’s ‘Lanzarote Convention,’ – the first international treaty to address all forms of sexual violence against children.
The treaty complements the UN Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child pornography and prostitution, said Ms de Boer-Buquicchio.
“The Optional Protocol provides a common legal space for all countries in the world to effectively fight the worst forms of violence against children,” the Deputy Secretary General added.
“The Lanzarote Convention enlarges this international protection to other forms of sexual violence.
“I foresee many strategic opportunities to meet together the targets of the United Nations and the Council of Europe campaigns for the signature, ratification and effective implementation of these legal instruments.”
Speech: Maud de Boer-Buquicchio 28 February New York
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