Protecting children
Fighting sexual exploitation and violence against children
Ljubljana, 5 - 7 July and 8 - 9 July 2005
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A "Regional Consultation" on Violence against Children in Europe and Central Asia took place in Ljubljana from 5 to 7 July 2005 , at the invitation of the government of Slovenia. It made a contribution to the "Study on Violence against Children" requested by the UN General Assembly in 2001.

Organised by the Council of Europe in partnership with UNICEF, the World Health Organisation, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and some NGOs, this "consultation" brought together children, experts, academics and practitioners, who took stock of the situation of children in an area stretching from the United Kingdom to Uzbekistan. Their aim is to call for action, mobilise opinion and set up a political action plan.

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Conference on Yokohama review combating sexueal exploitation of children
Ljubljana was also be played host, on 8 and 9 July, to a conference organised by the Council of Europe on combating the sexual exploitation of children. The new challenges of 2005, the coordination of national and international action plans and European efforts to combat the trafficking of human beings are on the programme for this two-day meeting.


Council of Europe Director General of Legal Affairs Guy de Vel called on countries to use all the powers at their disoposal to combat child sex abuse, on Friday 8 July (more)
Final Speech (French only)

Final conclusions of the conference

Maud de Boer Buquicchio, Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General: ''We need to go further in protecting children''
Opening speech
Peter Newell of the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of children ''We must eliminate legalised violence ''

Maud de Boer Buquicchio:''Children are in need and it cannot wait''

June Kane, expert: ''Sexual violence is hidden, children do not talk about it''
For the Press
Press kit - violence  against children

Programme of Action
To protect children successfully from all forms of violence is the aim of the Programme of Action Children and Violence, launched in 2005 by the Council of Europe (more...)
Photo: Logo of the Programme