Advancing multi-stakeholder and responsible business practices towards child protection in India, 29 June 2018: | New Delhi
ECPAT International in collaboration with National Task group to build the coalition against child sexual exploitation in India facilitated a National Consultation on Advancing Responsible Business Practices for Child Protection from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism.
The objectives of the consultation were to:
- Facilitate a collaborative process to strengthen the role of the private sector to protect children from sexual exploitation in India
- Take forward the recommendations of the Global Study on SECTT and the outcomes of the International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism that have regional and country level implications
- Generate consensus and commitment for follow-up strategies and activities in India within the global framework of efforts against the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.
The conference was attended by 47 participants that included representatives from the travel and tourism industry, guide and hotel associations, travel agencies, IT sector, representatives from of internet service providers (ISPs); government departments such as the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), and the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department; UNICEF, media as well as national and international Civil Society Organisations including ECPAT International.
This consultation was designed as the next major step in the global efforts to maintain momentum garnered internationally through the Global Study. A significant outcome of the consultation was to establish a strategic relationship among the public, private and NGO sector stakeholders with a focus on taking further action to ensure that children are safe from all forms of exploitation and abuse in the travel and tourism industry.
The agenda of the programme included two overview discussions on the status of child protection on India and the Global study and three panel discussions, followed by an interaction among panelists and participants on the specific panel topic. The Consultation was a significant success in drawing the attention of all participants (Industry, CSOs, Media and Government) towards the issue and the need for taking immediate and continuous action to make travel and tourism a child-safe environment.