The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, with the support of UNICEF Innocenti, have convened a global expert’s consultation to discuss the growing impact of bullying and cyber-bullying on children.
The consultation will gather experts from 19 countries representing ombudspersons, law enforcement, academia, government, policy-making, public health, media, education and civil society at Innocenti for two days. The aim of the consultation is to gain an understanding of the magnitude of bullying and cyber-bullying and its impact on children, and to identify recommendations to address these concerns at international, regional and national levels. The outcomes of the consultation will inform the forthcoming report of Secretary-General on protecting children from bullying.
The resolution of the General Assembly (A/RES/69/158) "Protecting children from bullying", adopted in December 2014, requests the Secretary-General to submit a report to the General Assembly at its seventy-first session. The report will be based on the information provided by Member States and relevant stakeholders, in collaboration with relevant United Nations entities, and will have an emphasis on the causes and effects, as well as good practices and guidance for bullying prevention and response.
The consultation aims to identify specific gaps and weaknesses of existing data and agree on recommendations on what type of data should be collected to support policy making and effective interventions. It will also identify essential elements of an effective policy, both at national and local level as well as areas in which specific legislation should be enacted to support a comprehensive policy to address bullying.
(3 May 2016)