The Council of Europe remains committed to combatting all forms of violence against children through its standard setting, capacity building and awareness raising activities, including through the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021) and its contribution to the United Nations Agenda 2030 related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular its Target 16.2 to end all forms of violence against children.

A number of initiatives and actions have been developed by international organisations to achieve target 16.2 of the UN SDG Agenda 2030 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.

Learn more about the specific activities on preventing violence against children conducted by the following organisations and initiatives: 

Council of Europe 

Most, if not all, of the Council of Europe’s activities are relevant and contribute to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations logoUnited Nations

The United Nations is the main body driving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process at a global level.


The UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence against Children


World Health Organization

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Globe, Terre, Monde, MondialisationInternational initiatives 

Different international initiatives are addressing the issue of violence against children in a transversal manner.