UN Event: Never Violence!

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the General Assembly in New York. It also marks 40 years since Sweden adopted the law on prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings, including the home of children.

The Swedish Institute will in connection to this anniversary co-host an event at the UN, highlighting the issue of eliminating violence against children, together with among others Sweden’s UN Representation in New York and Save the Children.

The event also raises awareness on the positive effects on society that growing up without violence brings about. The seminar will be opened by Ambassador Olof Skoog and other speakers include Najat Malla M’jid, Special Representative to the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms. Milena Grillo, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Paniamor Costa Rica. Ms. Anna Henry, Director, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children. H.E. Ambassador Rodrigo Carazo Zeledón, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations.

The exhibition Never Violence with citations by Astrid Lindgren and illustrations by Stina Wirsén is shown in connection with the event. The starting point of the exhibition is in Astrid Lindgren’s famous words: “Give the children love, more love and even more love, and the common sense will come by itself.”