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Challenges of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children addressed in a 77th UN General Assembly side event

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Challenges of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children addressed in a 77th UN General Assembly side event

On 21 September 2022 at 14:00 (CET), the Council of Europe co-organises a virtual side event in the context of the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations, on the Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children.

The conference, organised by the Republic of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates in co-operation with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Violence against Children and the Council of Europe will be the occasion to discuss trends, challenges and responses to online sexual exploitation and abuse of children. It will examine shortcomings to current frameworks, ways to address these, as well as new developments in efforts to combat these crimes. In particular, the conference will look into the development of legal and policy frameworks and protection strategies to effectively prevent and eradicate new and emerging forms of online sexual exploitation and abuse in a gender-responsive and child-friendly manner.

Ms Regina Jensdóttir, Head of the Children's Rights Division and Council of Europe Coordinator for the Rights of the Child will present the action and role of the Council of Europe in preventing and protecting children from online sexual violence. She will be part of a high-level panel of experts comprising H.E. Ioannis Kasoulides, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, H.E. Saeed Al Hebsi, Director of Human Rights Department, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Violence Against Children, Sean Litton, Executive Director, Tech Coalition, Ernie Allen, Chair, WeProtect Global Alliance, Lt. Colonel Abdulrahman Altamimi, Deputy Director General of International Affairs Bureau, UAE Ministry of Interior, and Despo Michaelidou, Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Cyprus.


 Programme

 Concept note

 Link to the online event