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31st meeting of the Lanzarote Committee

29 March - 1 April 2021
Strasbourg 26 March 2021
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31st meeting of the Lanzarote Committee

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Ms Marija PEJČINOVIĆ BURIĆ will address the Lanzarote Committee at the opening of its 31st plenary meeting to be held online on 29 March – 1 April 2021. During this meeting the Committee will also hold an exchange of views with the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Ms Mama Fatima SINGHATEH, who will present the priorities of her mandate, as well as her recent report on the impact of coronavirus disease on different manifestations of sale and sexual exploitation of children. This will be followed by an insight in progress concerning the forthcoming Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child.

The Committee will otherwise focus most of its meeting to examine the draft chapters concerning education, training of professionals working with children, research and awareness raising initiatives of its forthcoming monitoring report on the challenges raised by child-self generated sexual images. In this context, it will be informed about the results of a recent Belgian research on sexting and image-based sexual abuse of children resulting from numerous interviews with children themselves.

Other items on the agenda include: a presentation of the new UK Strategy on Tackling Child Sexual Abuse; an exchange with the Executive Director of the Technology Coalition on Fighting Child Sexual Abuse; and reflection on the organisation of capacity building events to exchange on information collected through questionnaires on legal frameworks for age to consent to sexual activities and statute of limitations for sexual offences against children.

 Draft agenda

 Public link to the livestream of the Secretary General’s address