UNWTO: Governments need to lead the defense of children in tourism


The 32nd meeting of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Kid Protection focused on the role associated with governments in advancing the combat the exploitation of children in travel and leisure (9 March 2017).

“ Child protection is the obligation of all – communities, private field, 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 tackle 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’ capital t 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 Years as a child Foundation, and Uruguay representing the particular Regional Task Force for the Security of Children in Travel and Travel and leisure of the Americas (GARA), which Uruguay presides since last year.

Cross-government coordination and commitment and also cross-sectoral cooperation were pointed out because key factors to advance child security in tourism.

The entire world Tourism Network on Child Safety (formerly the Task Force for the Defense 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 market groups and media associations. Initially formed in 1997, since 3 years ago its mandate has been to prevent most forms of youth exploitation in the travel and leisure sector (i. e. sexual exploitation, child labour and child trafficking).

The Network’ ersus meetings, held annually at the worlds’ foremost Travel and Tourism Festivals, serve as a platform for essential actors to exchange experiences and guidelines, present awareness-raising materials and capability building tools, and promote the particular adoption of professional codes associated with conduct or other responsible methods in line with the UNWTO Global Code associated with Ethics for Tourism.

The activities of the World Tourism System on Child Protection are co-ordinated by the UNWTO Secretariat and supervised by an Executive Committee set up in November 2000.

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