Ethiopia to host online child sexual exploitation summit

The capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, is set to host a global summit that focuses on tackling online child sexual exploitation.

The Summit will take place this week on Wednesday and Thursday at the African Union (AU) Headquarters, according to the information received from AU Communications Department.

Some 700 participants are expected to attend the Summit including high-level representatives of governments, the private sector/ industry, civil society organisations, regional mechanisms/ entities, and specialized agencies of the United Nations. In total, the summit will have approximately pants.

It is indicated that across the two-day event, delegates will be provided with the knowledge, tools and networks required to understand the nature and prevalence of online child sexual exploitation, and the means to implement a strategic global response.

The main objectives of the summit include, raising attention and enhance understanding of online child sexual exploitation amongst high-level decision makers. It is also expected to be a platform to hear from political leaders, senior representatives from international organizations and subject-matter experts on the threat.

There will be exchange of experiences, good practice and positive developments amongst WePROTECT Global Alliance members and strengthen solidarity within the Alliance.

During the Summit there will also be launching of a range of key products, including a new Global Threat Assessment and Strategic Global Response to inform the global response to online child sexual exploitation.

The program the Summit also includes testimonies and voices of children, including survivors of online child sexual exploitation. There will also be breakout sessions, including on the technology landscape, regional threats and resilience-building among children.

The Global Summit to Tackle Online Child Sexual Exploitation is co-hosted by the African Union Commission Department of Social Affairs, in partnership with other stakeholders, including: WePROTECT Global Alliance and the UK Government.