Maud de Boer-Buquicchio appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Dutch lawyer Maud de Boer-Buquicchio was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography on 8 May 2014.

Ms De Boer-Buquicchio has served with distinction in many organisations in the field of international law. She was Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe from 2002 to 2012, the first woman to hold that office. In that capacity, she focused on promoting children’s rights. In 2013, Ms De Boer-Buquicchio became President of Missing Children Europe. She is also a member of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

Ms De Boer-Buquicchio’s appointment as UN Special Rapporteur is widely supported. In an open letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council, more than 40 international children’s rights organisations expressed support for her candidacy and praised her knowledge, dedication and experience.

‘I am pleased that, as Special Rapporteur, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will be able to use her wealth of expertise and experience to improve the lives of vulnerable and abused children all over the world,’ said foreign minister Frans Timmermans.