‘The International Federation of Social Workers warmly welcomes the appointment of Ms. Marta Santos Pais by the United Nations Secretary-General as his Special Representative on Violence against Children at the level of Assistant Secretary-General’, said IFSW President David N Jones.
Ms Santos Pais served as Rapporteur on the first Committee on the Rights of the Child from 1991 to 1997. After leaving the Committee, Ms Antos worked for Unicef in New York before becoming the Director of the Unicef Innocenti Research Centre in Florence.
‘We were happy to be involved with Ms Santos Pais during her two three-year terms on the Committee on the Rights of the Child, said Ellen Mouravieff-Apostol (IFSW Representative to the UN in Geneva). ‘Her commitment, experience and energy will be an important tool for children’s increased safety.’