A/HRC/37/48 United Nations General Assembly Distr.: General 22 January 2018 Original: English Human Rights Council Thirty-seventh session 26 February – 23 March 2018 Agenda item 3 Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Annual report of the Special Representative of the SecretaryGeneral on Violence against Children Note by the Secretariat The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais. In her report, the Special Representative provides an overview of major initiatives and developments at the global, regional and national levels aimed at sustaining and scaling up efforts to safeguard children’s right to freedom from violence. The report is intended to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its distinct target to end all forms of violence against children. The Special Representative pays special attention to investment in early childhood to prevent violence against children. GE.18-00930(E) 

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