Meeting of UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection held in Berlin

Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017

UNWTO logoThe 32nd meeting of the UNWTO World Tourism Network on Child Protection was held in Berlin recently on 9th March. The meeting focused on the role of governments in advancing the fight against the exploitation of children in tourism. According to Carol Bellamy, Chair of the Network, who inaugurated the meeting, “Child protection is the responsibility of all – communities, private sector, academia, but governments have a leading role to play.” Dr. Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General who was part of the meeting said, “There is a bright and black side to tourism; we need to recognize the black side exists and address it with no shame. We need zero tolerance to any form of child exploitation. We cannot allow the tourism infrastructure to be used for this and shouldn’t have any issues in exposing such situations.”

The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Tourism of Ghana and Sudan. It was an opportunity to share best practices from India (TMB), Kenya, Maldives, Myanmar, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), the World Childhood Foundation, and Uruguay representing the Regional Task Force for the Protection of Children in Travel and Tourism of the Americas (GARA).

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