The International Summit to address the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism (SECTT) will be convened on June 6-7 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia. The Summit will be hosted by the Government of Colombia, which has taken a number of innovative child protection measures in the travel and tourism sector.
The event will bring together worldwide leaders representing governments, international and regional multilateral organizations, the private sector, law enforcement agencies, child rights experts and non-governmental organizations to raise international attention to SECTT and provide an opportunity to exchange good practices and experiences. It will explore 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 road map to address this worldwide challenge.
The organization of the Summit will be 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-organizers 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 organized with the participation of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Participants include key representatives of relevant global, regional and national bodies, law enforcement agencies, private sector actors and civil society organizations. In addition to plenary sessions, the Summit structure will ensure 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.