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Pathfinding Country Progress Report

Following the launch in July 2016 of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence), the Board approved Country Engagement Guidance in December 2016. This document provides a foundation for collaborative action at the country level. It also introduced the Pathfinding process, which implies a three- to five-year cycle of multisectoral efforts to end violence against children (VAC) domestically. Highlighted is the collaboration of partners – across all sectors and stakeholder groups – to create change by working together in-country, at the national and subnational levels. By December 2017, 15 governments had submitted formal expressions of interest to become pathfinding countries.

This report outlines the progress pathfinding countries have made, and the challenges and lessons learned through current practice. Most importantly, it allows governments to reassess opportunities and priorities. Noting that the pathfinding process has proven unique in each country, the Secretariat does not expect processes to be replicated in countries. However, learning from countries’ experience is of paramount importance.

The first End Violence Solutions Summit brings together high-level representatives from governments, United Nations agencies, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to share and discuss solutions to VAC. Those attending are this report’s audience. Following the Solutions Summit, subsequent milestones are the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2019, which will review Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. In September 2019, leaders will gather for the first 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development summit to review the results of the first four years across the 17 SDGs.

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