About the Global Initiative

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva in 2001. It aims to act as a catalyst to encourage more action and progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents; to encourage governments and others to "own" the issue and work actively on it, and to support national campaigns with relevant information and assistance. The context for all its work is implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its aims are supported by UNICEF, UNESCO, human rights institutions, and international and national NGOs. International, regional and national organisations and prominent individuals who have signed up to support prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings are listed on the supporters page; organisations wishing to sign up can do so here.

The Global Initiative is administered by the Association for the Protection of All Children, APPROACH Ltd, a registered charity No. 328132. Registered office The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR, UK.


Independent evaluation

In 2015, an independent evaluation of the Global Initiative was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, with support from the Oak Foundation. It was carried out by Carol Bower, an independent children’s rights consultant based in South Africa. The report of the evaluation includes a history of the Global Initiative and a description of its activities and advocacy methods.


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