Statement by Dr. Akane Miyazaki, Special Advisor to the Government of Japan, on Item 70(a): Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children at the 73rd Session of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly

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Mr. Chair,
 
          One of the most important missions of international society is to create a world where children can grow without fear or threat. Japan values the Convention on the Rights of the Child as the foundation for the promotion and protection of the rights of children. My country has taken measures to create a better and safer society for children. In this regard, allow me to introduce our global and domestic commitments to address violence against children.
 
Mr. Chair,
 
          In this February, Japan announced three main commitments to the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children (GPeVAC) at the End Violence Solutions Summit held in Stockholm. As for the first commitment, Japan became a pathfinding country to accelerate national actions to end violence against children. Second, Japan joined the Board of GPeVAC to fully support their vision to realize a world in which every child grows up free from violence. Third, we made a contribution of 5.9 million USD to the associated fund of GPeVAC. With this contribution, Japan became the first donor for the humanitarian window of the fund to support its work on violence prevention in humanitarian settings.
 
          The aim of our contribution is to urgently address violence against children in the contexts of conflict and crisis through twelve projects in Nigeria and Uganda, by enabling children to leave armed groups and start new lives; providing vocational training and income generative activities; addressing the psychological toll that violence has taken; and preventing children from experiencing further harm from land mines. We will continue to follow up the progress of these projects.
 
Mr. Chair,
 
          Among our various domestic measures to address violence against children, I would like to introduce our efforts to prevent violence in schools. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology places great importance on measures to ensure early detection, early action and protection against bullying and violence in schools in order to secure an anxiety-free learning environment for students.
 
          For example, each academic year, Japan publishes the Survey on Undesirable Behavior and School Non-attendance of Students, which summarizes the number of recognized cases of bullying, including cyber bullying. In addition, since 2015, the Government of Japan has been holding the National Children’s Summit on Bullying for 4 consecutive years with the aim of promoting diversified, inventive efforts to address bullying in every corner of the country. We have also established a 24-hour hotline for primary and secondary school students to seek help and guidance at any time.
 
Mr. Chair,
 
          Unfortunately, continued violence against children around the world causes great harm and deprives children of an environment conducive to healthy growth. However, Japan spares no effort to achieve SDG 16.2, and we are ready and willing to share our best practices with other Member States, the UN organizations, and civil societies. Together with our partners, Japan will continue to promote and protect the rights of children all over the world.
           
I thank you.