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Title : ECPAT attends the launch of the Global Alliance to fight online child abuse

Location : Brussels

Date : 05 December 2012 to 5/12/2012

ECPAT representatives attended and presented at the launch in Brussels that brought key delegates from around the world at this special occasion . EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, together with US Attorney General Eric Holder, launched this Global Alliance against Child Sexual Abuse Onlin, with the objective of uniting decision-makers all around the world to better identify and assist victims and to prosecute the perpetrators. Delegates included Ministers and high-level officials from 27 EU Member States, who were also joined by 21 countries outside the EU. At this meeting ECPAT presented as a best practice initiative, the Certified Internet Safe School project that was setup in 4 CIS countries including Russia and ECPAT video (courtesy ECPAT France) on the impact of child pornography was also shown to the delegates as a part of a global medial resource used for creating awareness on this topic. The ECPAT representative also liaised and networked with key government officials and responded to their queries at the event.

Title : ECPAT contributes at the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan

Location : Baku, Azerbaijan

Date : 06 November 2012 to 9/11/2012

ECPAT International, represented by Program Officer for ICT and Child protection, organized workshops, led sessions and made interventions in a series of workshops focusing on child protection online at the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan. ECPAT organized the workshop “Innovative applications of ICT to facilitate child protection online” analyzed how IT services, particularly the social media, can be improved to accelerate reporting of incidences and cooperation with the law enforcement from community. This workshop also urged the Industry to have proactive measures that are already being used to alert and monitor other criminal activities (such as phishing, spam etc) and use elements of social engineering to detect offences against children and alert the suitable authorities in time. The participants represented industry partners such as Microsoft, GSMA and Facebook along with independent experts on child online protection. ECPAT also chaired a workshop on the issue of citizenship in the digital era which included young people as panellist which made concrete recommendations for educational and awareness raising needs. ECPAT also chaired the session of the Dynamic Coalition on child online safety which brings leading child rights advocates every year to the IGF for discussions and exchanges related to child online protection.

Title : Conference on Sexual Crime against Children Online in Jakarta, Indonesia

Location : Jakarta, Indonesia

Date : 29 October 2012 to 30/12/2012

ECPAT Indonesia in partnership with the French Embassy hosted a Conference on Sexual Crime against Children Online, focusing on legal enforcement and regional cooperation to create a better child protection system online and in relation to development of technology and transnational crimes against children worldwide. The meeting was attended by the Minister of Empowerment for Women and Child Protection, the Director of Information and Telematics, senior representatives of police and representatives of TDH and the Embassy of France in Indonesia. The meeting brought key international experts from the online payment industry, private sector (including Microsoft and Facebook), international law enforcement, prosecutors, legal representatives, International organizations and civil society to discuss on the emerging situation, to address issues related to exploitation of children online, and to understand the dynamics of sexual exploitation online. It was a good initiative to highlight the gaps and challenges and to provide recommendations for action involving all the stakeholders. There was participation from 16 countries with a total of 175 participants. The ECPAT International Program Officer for ICT and Child Protection participated as a Speaker in this conference and also facilitated and presented at the concluding session of the conference.

Title : ECPAT participated as expert resource at the International Digital Media Fair in Tehran, Iran

Location : Tehran, Iran

Date : 06 October 2012 to 13/10/2012

ECPAT International organized workshops on child online protection and shared information with the public on Internet Safety issues at the International Digital Media Fair in Tehran, Iran. ECPAT International was among the very few international online safety organizations/ experts who were invited to this event which drew more than 15,000 visitors per day to discuss issues related to combating sexual exploitation online and understanding the specific online risks and vulnerabilities of Iranian children. ECPAT officers also gave interviews to TV and mdeia which were broadcast on national television of Iran.

Title : Implementation of Certified Safe Internet School Project in the CIS Region

Location : Moldova and Ukraine

Date : 03 October 2012 to 9/10/2012

A training was organised for 5 schools in Moldova withing the framework of the CSIS project. 14 representatives from 5 schools (administrators and teachers), 3 students from Tiraspol Pedagogical University, and 2 representatives from the NGO “CCF Moldova” (ECPAT affiliate member and organizer of the event) participated at this training. On 9 October 2012 in the framework of the same project, with support from the Kiev City Administration and the mobile company Kyiv star, a Conference for 250 participants was organized at Kiev’s City Hall. The Conference was attended by 200 teachers from 200 schools from the cities of Kiev and Brovary, 35 children who have actively participated in the CSIS project, and 15 representatives from local authorities. The director of the NGO School of Equal Opportunities (SEO), Ms. Konchenkova opened the Conference, with the Head of the Ukrainian Department of the Family, Youth and Sport, Mr. Vovk contributing opening remarks. The ECPAT Regional Associate for CIS made a 30-minute presentation on the achievements and results of the CSIS project in the CIS region. It was recommended to all represented schools to use the Acceptable Use Policy in their schools. In addition, 7 schools from 2 cities presented their work and best practices of the project. 10 schools received ECPAT Certificates of various rankings. Also, the best children who were active during the implementation of the project received diplomas from SEO and ECPAT and awards from Kyivstar. Journalists from local TV channels and newspapers conducted interviews during the event.
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