By Elmhsf

New York, 7 March 2018 – The Fund to End Violence Against Children today signed a contribution arrangement for $5.9 million from the Government of Japan, following a commitment announced last month at the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit, in Stockholm.

At the Summit, and in addition to the financial commitment, Japan formally joined the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children as a pathfinding country, thereby committing to a 3- to 5-year domestic plan of accelerated action towards eliminating violence against children.

Japan joins 15 pathfinding countries whose drive towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16.2 – end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children – was celebrated and applauded.

“We welcome and commend Japan’s remarkable demonstration of commitment to protecting children domestically and internationally,” said Dr. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. “This grant opens new opportunities for the Fund to catalyse protection for children affected by crisis and conflict.”

“This contribution to the Fund is one of our three commitments to the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. We have announced to become a pathfinding country, to join the Board of the partnership, and to make a financial commitment to the Fund,” said Ambassador Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations.

“Japan is promoting the idea of ‘Human Security’, which puts people first including children. Children must be allowed to be freed from violence, to be freed from suffering caused by conflict, to live with hope in their minds, and to grow up as people with hopes in their minds – as children should. Japan would like to take steps to make contributions for this purpose,” added Ambassador Bessho.

The Fund, established just over a year ago, aims at accelerating violence prevention and response programmes in three areas:

  • Preventing online violence, with a focus on child sexual exploitation
  • Addressing violence in the everyday lives of children, with a focus on pathfinding countries
  • Addressing violence against children affected by conflict and crisis

Contributions from the United Kingdom and Human Dignity Foundation have kick-started the first area of online violence. Today’s contribution from Japan is the first to the humanitarian window and will support projects in existing humanitarian response plans in Nigeria and Uganda, two pathfinding countries of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

“We look forward to working with the Government of Japan, as well as civil society, private sector and academic community in Japan to address the global epidemic of abuse, neglect, bullying and other forms of violence,” added Dr. Taylor. “At least half the world’s children have experienced violence. Japanese expertise is much needed.”