Marta Santos Pais. Photo credit: Global Child Forum.

Marta Santos Pais. Photo credit: Global Child Forum.

The Special representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais will visit Solomon Islands as her first Pacific tour next week.

The purpose of her visit is to advocate for and support the Solomon Islands Government and its partners to accelerate the progress in ending violence against children.

Ms Pais will be here from Wednesday to Friday next week.

Marta Santos Pais was appointed as Special Representative of the UNSG on Violence against Children in May, 2009.

As a high level global independent advocate, she promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in the justice setting.

She also acts as bridge builder in all regions and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur.

During her Solomon Islands visit next week she will meet with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast.

She will also visit meet with officials from the Ministries of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs; Home Affairs; Justice and Legal Affairs; Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Health and Medical Services.

She will also meet with the UN agencies in Honiara, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and Youth at Work.

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