ONE in FIVE campaign: seminar for national associations of local and regional authorities

30 June 2015, ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands


ONE in FIVE campaign: seminar for national associations of local and regional authorities [29/06/2015]
The Congress, in partnership with North-Brabant province, held a seminar for national associations of local and regional authorities on 30 June 2015 in ’s-Hertogenbosch, (Netherlands). This seminar concluded the Congress’ contribution to the ONE in FIVE Campaign which is ending in 2015. Its objective was to present this campaign, in particular its legal basis, the Convention of the Council of Europe on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention), together with the Pact of Towns and Regions to Stop Sexual Violence against Children drawn up by the Congress. Representatives of more than 20 European countries gathered to share good practices and to explore new ways of co-operating on raising awareness of the ONE in FIVE Campaign, in order to encourage European towns and regions to sign the Pact. Johan van den Hout, member of the Provincial Executive of North-Brabant and Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Children represented the Congress.  
Cities and regions unanimously recognised as best placed to implement concrete actions against sexual abuse of children [30/06/2015]
Cities and regions are the best placed authorities to implement concrete actions to protect children against sexual abuse. The work done by all stakeholders in the framework of the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign must be pursued. This was the unanimous message delivered by the participants to the seminar for national associations of local and regional authorities organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, in partnership with North-Brabant province, on 30 June 2015, in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands).  
Johan van den Hout : “National associations are key players for our cities and regions to implement projects to fight sexual violence against children” [30/06/2015]
“As national associations of local and regional authorities, you play a key role in promoting the Convention of the Council of Europe on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention) with your own national authorities,” stated Johan van den Hout, Provincial Executive of the Province of North-Brabant and Congress Thematic Spokesperson on Children, addressing the participants to the Seminar on the ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children, held in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, on 30 June 2015. “You are also key players for the dissemination of the Pact launched by the Congress by encouraging your own municipalities to implement the initiatives it proposes”, he added. The aim of the Pact is to bring about the adoption of child-friendly local and regional services, to protect children, and help prevent sexual violence within the community. To date, more than 67 partners have already signed up to the Pact: 45 cities and regions and 22 associations including national associations of local and regional authorities.