This report shows that success breeds success and there has been real momentum since the 2015 adoption of the 2030 Agenda. Progress is visible in legal and policy frameworks, in better data and solid evidence, in greater coherence amongst actors, and in more effective measures to strengthen the protective environment around children. This momentum is accompanied by growing partnerships and coalitions, including with the most important allies of all: children themselves.
There is also evidence of shifting attitudes and optimism. There is a mounting consensus that violence against children is intolerable and can never be justified, and a growing body of evidence shows us how it can become consigned to the past.
Progress made to date provides powerful motivation to redouble efforts to secure children´s protection, anywhere and everywhere. We know what works, and we know the unacceptable toll of violence to children, families and communities, as well as to the economy, human capital formation and the security of nations.
According to the Special Representative this report asks a key question: if the costs of inaction are so high and the solutions are known, why does violence against children continue to take place? What must we do to move better, faster and further in our urgent quest to bring it to an end?