International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism, 6-7 June 2018: – | Bogota DC, Colombia
The International Summit to address the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism (SECTT) was convened on June 6-7 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Summit was hosted by the Government of Colombia, which has taken a number of innovative child protection measures in the travel and tourism sector.
The event brought together worldwide leaders representing governments, international and regional multilateral organisations, the private sector, law enforcement agencies, child rights experts and non-governmental organisations to raise international attention to SECTT and provide an opportunity to exchange good practices and experiences. It explored accelerated actions for implementation of the recommendations of the Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism, which are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provide a roadmap to address this worldwide challenge.
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE
The Global Study, which was an outcome of the inputs of 67 partners from around the world, documented the continued growth of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, the increasing numbers of child victims, and the global nature of the problem. It concluded that no region is untouched, and no country is immune. The launch of the Study in May 2016, followed by a series of global, regional and national presentations and workshops, brought the findings to the attention of a wide range of decision-makers and stakeholders.
In July 2017, a high-level meeting was convened with key partners to develop a strategy to support the implementation of the 46 recommendations of the Global Study. The ‘Transition Meeting’, hosted in Madrid by the UNWTO, engaged leaders and experts from the private sector, law enforcement agencies, international organisations, regional entities, and NGOs. Together they define the next steps to coordinate and intensify global efforts to address SECTT. Among these steps is an International Summit on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism.
The overall goal of the International Summit was to expand and strengthen actions by a broad range of partners worldwide and to protect children in travel and tourism based on the recommendations of the Global Study on SECTT, and as a contribution to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, a number of which relate to child protection and sustainable tourism.
The specific objectives were to:
- Prioritise actions to increase commitments to child protection in travel and tourism.
- Promote integrated multisectoral actions and align the agendas of the various segments of travel and tourism sector and other to protect children from exploitation in travel and tourism.
- Share good practices to increase the involvement of a broadened range of stakeholders and build strategic and synergistic alliances as part of the process of promoting child protection in travel and tourism.
- Call for committed actions to move forward with the implementation of the recommendations of the Global Study’s through concrete actions towards ending SECTT.
THE HOSTS AND THE CO-ORGANISERS
The organisation of the Summit was led by the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of the Capital District of Bogota (IDT), the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Colombian Child Protection Authority (ICBF) and ECPAT Colombia – Fundación Renacer. Among the co-organisers of the Summit is the High-Level Task Force on Child Protection in Travel and Tourism, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and ECPAT International. The summit is organised with the participation of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Participants included key representatives of relevant global, regional and national bodies, law enforcement agencies, private sector actors and civil society organisations. In addition to plenary sessions, the Summit structure ensured active involvement of all participants through panel discussions and workshops, leading to increased and stronger global, regional, national and inter-sectoral commitments to take actions towards ending SECTT.
THEMES AND TOPICS
The themes/topics of the Panel Discussions in the plenary were:
- The private sector’s role in child protection in travel and tourism, led by The World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC)
- The role of the governments in child protection in travel and tourism, led by The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
- From child protection to respecting children’s rights: Human rights impact assessments in travel and tourism, led by ECPAT Germany
- Digital Environments, Tourism and Child Protection
- The role of law enforcement on combatting travelling child sex offenders (TCSO) and the inter-sectoral cooperation
The themes/topics of the Concurrent Working Sessions were:
- Strengthening awareness and improving the reporting systems for suspected cases of sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism, led by The Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
- Big sports events and the protection of children from sexual exploitation, led by Council of Europe
- Legal frameworks and their implementation, led by Renacer/ECPAT Colombia
- International Voluntourism – risks for children in travel and tourism, led by Better Volunteering Better Care
- The need for Travel and Tourism Sector standards on child protection, led by Fondación Renacer/ECPAT Colombia in partnership with Colombia’s Presidential Human Rights Programme
- Civil Society Organisations and the private sector – partnerships for the protection of children in travel and tourism, led by Down to Zero Alliance Partners
- Children Victims of Trafficking in the context of travel and tourism, led by UNODC Colombia
- The role of the media and communication in the protection of children in travel and tourism
Click here to read the full Programme.
See here for the Declaration from the Summit in English.