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"Joining forces, empowering prevention"

Friday 30th of September 2011
IJJO Day by Day
The International Juvenile Justice Observatory has taken part in the 5th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting, held in South Africa, on the 6-7 September 2011. The Meeting was held at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town and was hosted by World Heath Organization, the Ministry of Health of South Africa, and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape.

The meeting began by recalling the 1996 World Health Assembly Declaration which affirmed that “violence is a leading worldwide public heath problem”. Since then the WHO has been working in placing the prevention of violence as a public health priority at international level. In this context, the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) acts as a network of WHO Member States, international agencies and civil society organizations working to prevent violence. Under an evidence-based public health approach, the Alliance targets the risk factors leading to violence and promotes multi-sectoral cooperation.

In 2002, the WHO issued The World Report on violence and health, as the first comprehensive review of the problem of violence on a global scale. The Report collects data on violence from many countries and explains what violence is, whom it affects and what can be done about it. Recalling the importance of the Report’s recommendations, experts were however concerned by the fact that violence prevention has not attained political traction.

During this meeting, special attention was given to the importance of prevention of juvenile crime and improvement of juvenile justice. The IJJO together with other experts from more than 60 countries discussed the progress in WHO´s Global Campaign for Violence Prevention and identified the way forward:

  • “Presenting new evidence on effective interventions to prevent interpersonal violence in low- middle- and high-income countries;
  • Highlighting the need for joint programming to address underlying risk factors for different forms of violence;
  • Proposing ways to increase collaboration between different sectors, including health, social protection, and criminal justice;
  • Agreeing on the need to focus on a small set of policy, legal and programme delivery targets at national level;
  • Supporting the development of a global status report on violence prevention”.

The IJJO raised the opportunity to look in-depth at the situation of juvenile justice in South Africa and met the representatives of important NGOs and institutions working in the field of children’s rights and juvenile justice; in particular, the Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, NICRO, the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, Open Society Foundation South Africa, and the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of the Western Cape and Member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

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