Qatar affirmed that it has been paying attention to investing in building a strong society and cohesive families in which healthy children grow up and are free from all manifestations of violence. In this regard it had adopted the concept of comprehensive protection, which focused not only on identifying violations and punishing perpetrators, but also taking proactive measures to protect and respond to all manifestations of violence.
This came in Qatar's speech during the interactive dialogue with the United Nations' Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council. The speech was delivered by Second Secretary of the Permanent Delegation in Geneva Talal al-Naama.
Al-Naama said that as part of the attention paid by Qatar to the issue of reducing violence against children, the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) recently issued a paper entitled: Addressing Violence Against Children Through a Systems-strengthening Approach, in which the paper dealt with the best ways to address issues of violence against children, and international best practices. It also addressed the global framework and evidence-based strategies aimed at eliminating violence against children in all settings, and made a number of important recommendations in this regard.
He added that Qatar shares the view of the Special Representative on Violence against Children that the precautionary measures taken to confront the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic have contributed to the exposure of children to more violence. In this regard and with the emergence of signs of hope for the end of this crisis, Qatar calls for placing children at the top of the priorities for recovery efforts by responding to their needs, promoting their well-being and safety, and addressing all kinds of violence against them, he added.