“ Child protection is the obligation of all – communities, private industry, academia, but governments have a top role to play” said Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Network, starting the meeting.
“ There is a bright and black aspect to tourism; we need to recognize the particular black side exists and deal with it with no shame. We need absolutely no tolerance to any form of child exploitation. We cannot allow the tourism facilities to be used for this and shouldn’ to have any issues in revealing such situations”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
The particular meeting, which was attended by the Ministers of Tourism of Ghana plus Sudan, was an opportunity to share guidelines from India (TMB), Kenya, Maldives, Myanmar, the Association of Uk Travel Agents (ABTA), the World Child years Foundation, and Uruguay representing the particular Regional Task Force for the Safety of Children in Travel and Travel and leisure of the Americas (GARA), which Uruguay presides since last year.
Cross-government coordination and commitment in addition to cross-sectoral cooperation were pointed out since key factors to advance child defense in tourism.
The planet Tourism Network on Child Safety (formerly the Task Force for the Safety of Children in Tourism) is an open-ended network featuring the multi-stakeholder involvement of a range of tourism stakeholders, through governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to tourism business groups and media associations. Initially formed in 1997, since 3 years ago its mandate has been to prevent most of forms of youth exploitation in the travel and leisure sector (i. e. sexual exploitation, child labour and child trafficking).
The Network’s conferences, held annually at the worlds’ primary Travel and Tourism Fairs, act as a platform for key stars to exchange experiences and best practices, existing awareness-raising materials and capacity developing tools, and promote the re-homing of professional codes of carry out or other responsible practices good UNWTO Global Code of Integrity for Tourism.
Those activities of the World Tourism Network upon Child Protection are co-ordinated from the UNWTO Secretariat and monitored simply by an Executive Committee established within November 2000.
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