Report on progress towards ending child, early and forced marriage

29 July 2016
UN Secretary-General
To the UN General Assembly at its 71st session

The present report provides a summary of progress in efforts to eliminate child, early and forced marriages during the period from April 2014 to May 2016. It provides an overview of developments at the international and regional levels, initiatives concerning the development and enforcement of laws, the formulation of policies and action plans, the engagement of religious and traditional leaders and of men and boys in efforts to eliminate the practice, the empowerment of girls and women, awareness-raising and the implementation of protection measures and services for already married girls. The report also presents an overview of gaps in legislation and policies to address child, early and forced marriages and an assessment of progress and gaps in research on the practice. The report offers some conclusions and recommendations towards ensuring sustained and effective efforts to eliminate child, early and forced marriages.

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